It’s possible that the cuckoo bird got such a bad reputation from it’s association with the cuckoo clock. The constant cuckooing and repetition of the clock work has often also been associated with people going crazy or being “cuckoo”. This association of craziness also negatively contributes to the cuckoo bird’s reputation.
One reason why the cuckoo bird has a bad reputation is because of their nesting behavior. The female cuckoo bird will go to the nest of other birds that have similar color eggs push one out and then lay one of her own eggs. The baby cuckoo is then raised by another bird and often pushes out all the other offspring and becomes the only bird in the nest. The cuckoo bird baby is often much larger than the foster parents that are taking care of it.
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