|Cuculus Canorus (Maxi-Card) - BELARUS|
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Cuculus Canorus - BELARUS
This amazing Maxi-Card was recently released by Belarus Postal Services; apparently they issue a bird stamp every year and the Cuckoo was the one they've chosen in 2014. My good friend Elena send me one celebrating the arrival of Spring. Thank you very much my dear Lena! Don't know about you, but this is my favorite time of the year, with the rising of the temperatures and the flower blossom on the fields - I constantly feel happy and with a will to sing and shout, like in the old English poem "Spring has arrived, /Loudly sing, cuckoo! /Sing merrily, cuckoo! /Cuckoo, cuckoo, /You sing well, cuckoo, /Never stop now!"
The Cuculus Canorus (Common Cuckoo, formerly European Cuckoo) is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes, which also includes the roadrunners, the anis and the coucals. The species' binomial name is derived from the Latin cuculus (the cuckoo) and canorus (melodious; from canere, meaning to sing). The cuckoo family gets its common name and genus name by onomatopoeia for the call of the male Common Cuckoo.