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 Common Cuckoo  Cuculus canorus


 

Sonogram of Cuckoo song

Männikjärve raba, Estonia  58º 51' 52.0'' N  26º 12' 39.0'' E  22 May 2010  1518h

Advertising song from open, mature spruce and deciduous woodland with rank herb layer of Globeflower. The acoustic properties of the environment here help create the echo - compare with the recording from an open habitat below.

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Sonogram of Cuckoo song

Creag na Cuinneige, Glen Brerachan, Perthshire, Scotland  56° 45' 28.51" N  3° 35' 32.91" W  8 June 2016

Song and calls from a male and female together. Advertising song from the male (green), followed by harsh calls from the male (blue), and bubbling trill from the female (red).

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 Sonogram of Cuckoo song

Walthamstow Reservoirs, London, England  51° 34' 47.1'' N  00° 03' 30.4'' W  10 May 2009, 2110h

Advertising song from sycamore/scrub at a rate of 40 times/min.

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Sonogram of Cuckoo song

Puerto de Honduras, Extremadura, Spain  40° 13' 42.8" N  05° 50' 03.2"W  17 June 2013

Advertising song from open oak woodland at the tree line at a rate of 48 times/min.

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Sonogram of female Cuckoo call

Walthamstow Reservoirs, London, England  51° 34' 47.1'' N  00° 03' 30.4'' W  10 May 2009, 2110h

Female's rippling/bubble call (up to 2.25 kHz) following male's last disyllabic phrase (alternating at approximately 0.75kHz and 0.58 kHz). The male then flew off in pursuit of the female to one of the islands.

 

 

 

 

Sonogram of Cuckoo song

Kindrogan, Perthshire, Scotland  11 June 2008, 0430h

Advertising song from Larch on the River Ardle.

 

 

 

 


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