Latin name: Cuculus canorus
From a distance cuckoos look not unlike kestrels and sparrowhawks due to their sleek body, long tail and pointed wings. The common cuckoo is a bird of open ground and it’s distinctive call used to be a heard across many areas of the Dales but following a significant national decline, numbers are much reduced.
The population of this species is thought to be declining in the UK. In 2007 it became a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species and in 2011 it was added to Nature in the Dales: 2020 Vision the second biodiversity action plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.