Tracking Cuckoos to Africa... and back again

We’ve lost over half the number of Cuckoos in the UK over the last 20 years.

Since 2011 we’ve been satellite-tracking Cuckoos to find out why. We’ve learned lots of vital information which could help us to understand our Cuckoos -  such as how the different routes taken are linked to declines, and some of the pressures they face whilst on migration. 

But there is still more to discover. We now need to look more closely at how dependent they are on, and how much their migration is linked, to the drought-busting rains of the weather frontal system known as the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) as they move out of the Congo rainforest and begin to head back to the UK via West Africa.

This project wouldn't have been possible without the amazing support from funders and sponsors. Read more about the project and find out how you can get involved.

We have been able to share our expertise around tracking Cuckoos with other international studies, such as the Beijing Cuckoo Project.

Follow our Cuckoos as they move to and from Africa.

 

Cuckoo movements from 01 May 2018 to 24 March 2019

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Latest News

PJ moves back west - 20 Mar 2019
During the last few days PJ and headed back west. He has flown over 100km (65 miles) and is on the banks of the Nzi River to the south of Kassikankro. Presumably these movements are in search of better feeding conditions.
Victor in Ivory Coast - 18 Mar 2019
Victor has crossed the border into Ivory Coast. He is now one of five satellite tagged Cuckoos in Ivory Coast. He is currently just to the east of the town of Diambarakrou and 179km (111 miles) south and west of his stopover in Ghana.
Thomas has moved west - 18 Mar 2019
Thomas is still in Nigeria but has moved 373km (231 miles) to the west. He is in an area of forest to the south of the town of Osu.

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