Great Spotted Cuckoo
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Scientific Name 
Clamator glandarius
Arabic Name 
الوقواق المنقط الكبير
Kuwaiti name 
66.0 cm
40.0 cm
Least Concern


Rare passage migrant seen primarily in spring in oases and plantations. This exotic-looking cuckoo lays its eggs in corvid nests, with nearest breeding areas being in Iran. Young birds and adults are seasoned wanderers and can show up quite far away from their breeding areas.
Where in Kuwait 
Found in mature orchard and woodland habitat with large trees; it is generally secretive and quiet on passage.
In the world 
It has an large range perhaps with a stable population and is a renowned brood parasite. It breeds in southern and eastern Europe and northern Africa, around the Mediterranean, and as far east as Iraq and Iran. In winter, the majority of great spotted cuckoos migrate south, some travelling beyond the Sahara. It is insectivore, feeding mainly on large caterpillars which, remarkably, it will remove any hairs from before eating.
Local threats 
No major threats since the species is a rare passage migrant in Kuwait.