French: Coucou de Levaillant German: Kapkuckuck Spanish: Críalo listado
Other common names:
African Striped Cuckoo
Africa S of Sahara, breeding from Sahel to E & S Africa. In non-breeding season ranges to C Africa and coastal W Africa.
39 cm; male 106–140 g, female 102–141 g. Adult glossy black above, glossed greenish or bluish, with black crest, white patch on black wings and white tips to all... read more
Ringing “kuwu-weer, kuwu-weer...” often ending with rapid “kwi'kwi'kwi... read more
Open woodland, wooded Acacia savanna, thickets, gardens, old farms, riverine forest, scrub... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly hairy and spiny caterpillars, also winged termites and ants, beetle larvae, locusts and grasshoppers, but berries, tree... read more
Breeds mainly in rains, but especially in S of range breeding may extend into dry season: in Gambia Jun–Nov, in Sierra Leone Sept, in... read more
Intra-African migrant; seasonal in S Africa (present mainly Oct–Mar, but return northbound... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally not uncommon throughout range. Common and conspicuous parasitic cuckoo in Gambia and the upper R Niger in Mali during the... read more
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