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Klaas's Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Chrysococcyx klaas
Photo by Scottishdude
The GambiaWest Africa, March, 2010


Length 16-18 cm.

Adult male: Glossy-green upper parts with a white patch behind the eye. Under parts white.

Adult female: Bronzy-brown above and white with fine brown bars below.


Africa and southern Arabian Peninsula: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Male Cape Batis feeding juvenile
Photo by Alan Manson
Slanghoek, Western Cape, South Africa, January 2009




Forest, woodland, savanna, parks and gardens.



A brood parasite. Hosts include Batises, small warblers and sunbirds.


  1. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  2. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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