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Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Barred Cuckoo

Cercococcyx montanus

Identification

33 cm

  • Olive brown head
  • Cream throat
  • Olive brown back
  • Yellow legs
  • Brown eyes.

Distribution

Africa:
Western Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Zimbabwe

Taxonomy

Subspecies[1]

There are 2 subspecies

  • C. m. montanus:
  • C. m. patulus:

Forms a superspecies with Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo.

Habitat

Riverine forests and close to water.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants, hawked aerially.

Breeding

Breeds probably in the rainy season. A brood parasitic. Suspected host species are Sharpe's Akalat and African Broadbill.

Movements

A resident species with some altitudinal movements.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221
  3. Avibase
  4. Birdsinsa

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