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Dideric Cuckoo

From Opus

Alternative name: Diederik Cuckoo

Adult malePhoto © by Reader Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park, South Africa, November 2009
Adult male
Photo © by Reader
Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park, South Africa, November 2009
Chrysococcyx caprius


[edit] Identification

19 cm (7½ in)
A striking metallic greeny-bronze bird with a red eye. Underside is white centrally but barred dark on flanks.
Juveniles and females can occur in a much more reddish plumage.

[edit] Distribution

Rufous juvenilePhoto © by MacNara  Nakuru National Park, Kenya, December 2008
Rufous juvenile
Photo © by MacNara
Nakuru National Park, Kenya, December 2008

Sub-Saharan Africa and Arabian Peninsula.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.

[edit] Habitat

It inhabits a wide range of wooded and bushy grassland habitats.

[edit] Behaviour

Solitary or in pairs. More conspicuous than other African Cuckoos.

[edit] Diet

Juvenile, Green iridescent formPhoto © by whiteheadedvultureAccra, Ghana, October 2016
Juvenile, Green iridescent form
Photo © by whiteheadedvulture
Accra, Ghana, October 2016

They forage in the canopy, eating invertebrates, mainly caterpillars; with the addition of seeds and eggs of host birds.

[edit] Breeding

A brood parasite; hosts include Red Bishop, Cape Sparrow, Southern Masked-Weaver, Village Weaver, Cape Weaver and Cape Wagtail.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2016)
  4. Birdforum thread discussing the id of this species

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