Sadly the cuckoo is a globally threatened species and as such we have seen the population within the Yorkshire Dales gradually decline over recent years. While the number of Cuckoos in the Dales has declined they can still be found. Though, you are more likely to hear a Cuckoo then to see one. Its distinctive calls are usually heard when the adults cuckoos arrive in late March or April until they depart in July or August.
Don’t feel foolish if you mistake a Cuckoo for a sparrow hawk or the kestrel as they are very similar in appearance, they too are medium sized and slender with long tails and pointed wings.
• Their favourite insect is hairy caterpillars.
• They also eat fruit.
• They lay their eggs in the nests of other birds.