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African Emerald Cuckoo

From Opus

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


[edit] Identification


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

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

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)

[edit] Habitat

Evergreen and riverine forests.

[edit] Behaviour

The diet includes caterpillars.

[edit] References

  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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