The cuckoo is a bird with a hollow-sounding, plaintive call that sounds like: coo- coo coo coo-coo-coo. Its name was taken from the sound of its call. The female. Swampy, wetland ambience with a cuckoo bird calling. + more info Rural morning ambience -- cuckoos, birds, dogs, and other village sounds (2). + more info. The famous 'cuc-oo' call of the male gives the bird its name, and is a sure sign The cuckoo is parasitic upon the nests of birds such as the meadow pipit, reed.