French: Coucou africain German: Afrikanerkuckuck Spanish: Cuco barbiblanco
Other common names:
African Grey Cuckoo
Camdeboo, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Senegal and Gambia E through N Nigeria to S Sudan, Eritrea, NW Somalia, and S to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and E South Africa. Mainly a non-breeding migrant in E Africa.
32 cm; 110 g. Adult dark ashy-grey above; tail dark grey with blackish barring, white tip, outer feathers barred white; chin to breast ashy-grey, rest of underparts white... read more
Male song a loud burry “coo-coó”, second note slightly higher and louder; female... read more
Open woodland, acacia savanna; avoids dense evergreen forest and arid regions.
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly caterpillars. Forages through foliage, and also takes food on ground.
Breeds in rains, Jan–Jun in coastal Ghana, Feb–Apr in Nigeria, Aug–Nov in Kenya, Sept–Dec in S Africa. Brood-... read more
Intra-African migrant. Arrives with the rains, sings and breeds during rainy season, then... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in general throughout its sizeable range, though no precise figures available; locally common in some parts, notably in S Africa, but... read more
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