French: Coucou de Madagascar German: Madagaskarkuckuck Spanish: Cuco malgache
Other common names:
Madagascar Lesser Cuckoo
Madagascar. Migrates to E Africa.
26–28 cm; 64–65 g (two males). Smaller than both C. canorus and C. gularis. Adult, sexes alike, rufous morph unknown; slate-grey above, tail and... read more
Four (sometimes three) evenly spaced, mellow notes, "ho-ho-ho-hu" or "cuck-cuck-ooo... read more
Forest, including introduced eucalyptus plantations, gallery forest, scrub woodland, spiny... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, e.g. hairy caterpillars. Prey is taken from leaves and branches, but occasionally from ground; sometimes joins mixed-species... read more
Breeding season Aug–Apr (egg records). Brood-parasitic: hosts Madagascar Cisticola (Cisticola cherina; ten of c. 210... read more
Migratory. Most of the population moves in non-breeding season from Madagascar NW to Africa, where... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No precise data on abundance from breeding range in Madagascar, but commonly heard in wide range of habitats, from E rainforest to... read more
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