Bird of the year. Common cuckoo stamp from Belarus

March 11th, 2014

The post of the Republic of Belarus issued the stamp "Common cuckoo" from the series "Bird of the year". There are logos of the global partnership of conservation organizations "BirdLife International" and the Belarus public organization "Ahova ptushak Batskaushchyny" (APB) on the stamp.

The Common cuckoo is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes, which also includes the roadrunners, the anis and the coucals. The Common cuckoo is 32–34 centimeters long from bill to tail (with a tail of 13–15 centimeters) and a wingspan of 55–60 centimeters. The legs are short. It is greyish with a slender body and long tail and can be mistaken for a falcon in flight, where the wingbeats are regular. During the breeding season, Common cuckoos often settle on an open perch with drooped wings and raised tail. There is a rufous colour morph, which occurs occasionally in adult females but more often in juveniles.

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