French: Coucou montagnard German: Bergkuckuck Spanish: Cuco colilargo montano
Other common names: Mountain Long-tailed Cuckoo
Kalongi (c. 2100 m), Butahu Valley, Rwenzori Range, DRCongo.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. montanus
Chapin, 1928 – montane forests of EC Africa from Rwenzori to L Tanganyika.
C. m. patulus
Friedmann, 1928 – Kenya to E & S Tanzania, Malawi, E Zimbabwe and Mozambique; locally in E Zambia (Mutulanganga and Luangwa Valley) and around middle R Zambezi in N Zimbabwe (Mana Pools)#R, and recorded once in S DRCongo (Gandalijka)#R.
32–34 cm; 54 g. Adult dull olive-brown above, feathers with rufous edges, tail long, rectrices broad, tipped white or pale rufous; white below, barred blackish, often... read more
Song long, 40 sec, starting like whistled “do-you” of C. olivinus or ... read more
Forest, montane in most areas, in E Africa also riparian and lowland, coastal thickets and forest-... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly hairy caterpillars, taken in foliage of trees; occasionally small snails.
Few egg dates, apparently breeds in rainy season; in Malawi, calls Dec–Apr, in E Tanzania Sept–Dec. Brood-parasitic: suspected... read more
Resident, with some altitudinal and middle-distance movements, including nocturnal movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Although this species seems to be uncommon, it is, like its congeners, secretive and generally overlooked, except when singing. Locally common in... read more
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