French: Malcoha à bec jaune German: Westerzkuckuck Spanish: Malcoha africano occidental
Other common names:
Yellowbill (when lumped with Ceuthmochares australis)
Malembo, Cabinda (Angola)
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. flavirostris
(Swainson, 1837) – Gambia E to Nigeria (W of R Niger).
C. a. aereus
(Vieillot, 1817) – Nigeria (E of R Niger) and Bioko E to S South Sudan, Uganda and W Kenya, and S through W Tanzania#R#R and DRCongo to Angola and N Zambia.
33 cm; male 54–74 g, female 52–80 g. An arboreal, slender-bodied and somewhat squirrel-like cuckoo, with a very long graduated tail lacking any white spotting.... read more
Song consists of a series of high notes descending in pitch and staccato, or increasing in tempo... read more
Forest, upper canopy of old secondary evergreen forest and riverine forest, and forest edge, where... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including caterpillars, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, leaf-hoppers, winged termites, bees, spiders; tree frogs, slugs, fruit,... read more
Laying dates Mar and May in Ghana (with nestbuilding observed Dec), Dec in Ivory Coast, Oct–Dec and Feb in Sierra Leone, Jun and Aug... read more
Resident, though observed seasonally Nov–Jun in forest islands in Gambia (see also Status and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Secretive behaviour of this forest and thicket cuckoo limits frequency of observations, but is considered more or less common in SW Senegal, Bijagos... read more
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