French: Baza coucou German: Kuckucksweih Spanish: Baza africano
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Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. cuculoides
Swainson, 1837 – woodland from Senegal E to SW Ethiopia and S to Nigeria and N DRCongo.
A. c. batesi
(Swann, 1920) – lowland rainforest from Sierra Leone E to E Uganda and S to N Angola.
A. c. verreauxii
Lafresnaye, 1846 – woodland and coastal, riparian and montane forest from Somalia S to Angola, N Botswana and South Africa.
38–43 cm; 220–296 g; wingspan 85–95 cm. Perches horizontally on short legs, often with wings slightly drooped. Small nuchal crest and rufous patch at all... read more
Often silent. Main call is a plaintive mewing “peee-ooo” or “tohew”, somewhat Buteo-like... read more
Interior and edges of evergreen, riparian and coastal forest; patches of dense deciduous woodland;... read more
Food and feeding
Lizards, especially chameleons, and large insects, including grasshoppers, mantids and caterpillars. Also beetles, wasps, termite alates,... read more
Mainly in rainy season. Nest building late Oct, copulation Nov in Gabon. Laying Jun–Jul in Sierra Leone; Jun in Nigeria; Feb in Gabon... read more
Resident in most areas but some seasonal movement into coastal Kenya to breed in Apr–Nov and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. No information on nesting density or global population size, but on basis of large range numbers likey exceed 10,000.... read more
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