European Cuckoo

26th October 2010
When I arrived back from a road trip around the area, I spotted this odd looking creature in a nearby tree. It flew like a Cuckoo but didn''t look like any cuckoo I''d ever seen before. After taking a couple of photos, and playing with the idea that it might be a very rare Long-tailed Cuckoo, I decided that I think it is a rare hepatic morph of the Eurasian Cuckoo, and is a colour variation found only in the females.

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