Rufous morph Cuckoo

Clive Bowley came across this super rufous morph (sometimes called ‘hepatic’) female Cuckoo near the feeding station at Summer Leys today.

Rufous morph female Cuckoo, Summer Leys LNR, 15th May 2016 (Clive Bowley)

Rufous morph female Cuckoo, Summer Leys LNR, 15th May 2016 (Clive Bowley)

One was also seen in the vicinity about two weeks ago. I’ve heard it said about 15% of female Cuckoos are rufous but I have no references on this and the proportion may well vary with geographical location. Rufous morph juveniles are much commoner, of course.

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2 Responses to Rufous morph Cuckoo

  1. Steve Fisher says:

    A much higher proportion of birds in eastern Europe are rufous morph. Nowhere near as rare along the Black sea as they are here in the UK

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