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African Emerald Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo by the late Jan Van den Broeck
Photo taken: St. Lucia, South Africa
Chrysococcyx cupreus



  • Bright green upperparts
  • White underwing edged brown
  • Sulphur yellow underparts
  • Tail feathers tipped white
  • Orange eye
  • Horn coloured bill


Western Africa: Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland
African Islands: Gulf of Guinea Islands, Bioko (Fernando Po), Sao Tome, Principe



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. cupreus:
  • Africa south of the Sahara
  • C. c. intermedius:
  • Bioko (Gulf of Guinea)
  • C. c. insularum:
  • São Tomé, Príncipe and Pagalu (Gulf of Guinea)


Evergreen and riverine forests.


The diet includes caterpillars.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase

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