No.185 Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus

L=27.5cm

Rank : 2
Summer Visitor
Common summer visitor to Asakawa River basin. The birdfs song that sounds like gTokkyo kyokakyokuh, literally meaning gpatent license officeh, heralds one that summer is just around the corner. The bird sings night and day, in flight and on perch. Cuculidae family birds like Common Cuckoo and Lesser Cuckoo, known as gbrood-parasitich birds, lay their eggs in other birdsf nests. Lesser Cuckoo lays its eggs mainly in the nest of Japanese Bush Warbler. Among other cuckoos in Japan, many of them look alike, Lesser Cuckoo is the smallest. Bars on underparts more widely spaced.
Photograph (click to enlarge)

Adult