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Chris Merkord

Follow that cuckoo – BTO cuckoos heading south

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The class of 2012. Fourteen Cuckoos were tracked at the start of the project.
Since 2011, the BTO have been fitting satellite tags to Cuckoos in different parts of the UK with the aim of finding out what Cuckoos do once they leave for the winter months, and the information that these intrepid birds have provided has been a real eye-opener. Before 2011 the wintering location of British Cuckoos was unknown but these birds have shown that our Cuckoos spend the winter in and around the Congo Rainforest, arriving there in September and leaving again, via West Africa, in February.

However, there is still a lot to learn. Do Cuckoos from different parts of the UK winter in different areas? Do they take very different routes through Europe and North Africa to get there and what barriers may be preventing our cuckoos from completing their migrations?

 

Read more: http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/cuckoo-migration013-bto.html#cr

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