French: Coucal des papyrus German: Kupferschwanzkuckuck Spanish: Cucal colicobrizo
Okavangoland and south Angola
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. cupreicaudus
Reichenow, 1896 – Angola through DRCongo, Zambia, R Okavango and Caprivi Strip, and extreme W Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) to W Tanzania and C Malawi.
C. c. songweensis
Benson, 1948 – S Tanzania and N Malawi.
42–50 cm; male 272 g, female 299 g. Adult violet-glossed black from forehead to mantle; back and wings reddish brown; uppertail-coverts faintly barred, tail blackish... read more
Series of 10–20 low-pitched, descending notes, in “water-bottle” pattern, similar... read more
Swamps, marshes, river-bank vegetation, thickets, long grass. Lowlands to 1250 m.
Food and feeding
Large insects, including grasshoppers, also snails, crabs, fish, frogs, snakes, lizards, small birds. Scavenges for dead fish; tears open... read more
Breeds Sept and Nov–Feb in Zambia, during rains. Nest a coarsely built dome of fresh grass and twigs, lined with leaves, with side... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. In general, a rather sparsely distributed bird; however, it is locally common, for instance in marshes along streams and rivers near upper R Zambezi.
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