French: Coucou solitaire German: Einsiedlerkuckuck Spanish: Cuco solitario
eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Senegal E through Nigeria to South Sudan and Ethiopia, and S through DRCongo, Angola, Zambia, NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to S South Africa; also Bioko (in Gulf of Guinea). Recorded also in SE Niger#R.
31 cm; 75 g. Adult male dark grey above, tail tipped white; chin grey, breast rufous (often dark-barred), upper belly barred black and white, undertail-coverts unbarred... read more
Loud, emphatic three-note song, dropping in pitch, “piet-my-vrow!” or “IT-will-... read more
Forest, open woodland, riparian woodland, thorn scrub, and in montane areas to 3000 m. A forest... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly hairy caterpillars, also beetles, grasshoppers, spiders, slugs, centipedes, millipedes, snails; also small frogs and... read more
Breeds in early rains: calls in S Senegal and Gambia in Jun–Aug; breeds Mar–May in E Africa (varies with rains), possibly Apr-... read more
Intra-African migrant. Migratory in S part of range, arriving in Malawi and S Africa in Sept and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common in forests and woodlands throughout extensive range. Apparently widespread and common in much of E Africa, and a common summer... read more
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