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28 - 33 cm. Grey plumage, dark wings and back, tail broadly barred black and white. Brown bill, grey-brown legs and feet, yellow eye ring. Juveniles mottled brown and buff above, white spot on nape, streaked grey-rbown and white below.
Juveniles mottled brown and buff above and have a white nape spot. Streaked grey-brown and white below.
Some authorities place this species in the genus Cuculus.
Cacomantis pallidus has two subspecies:
Open forests and woodlands, as well as cleared and cultivated open country.
Diet includes hairy caterpillars, other insects and their larvae. Prey is spotted from low perch and is pounced on, usually on the ground. Some insects are taken from foliage.
It uses other birds' nests, the female replacing one of the host eggs with her own.
Call is a loud, ascending whistle too-too-too.
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Lepage D. 2007. Avibase. Search for "Pallid Cuckoo" downloaded 15 April 2008.
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