French: Coucou d’Audebert German: Dickschnabelkuckuck Spanish: Críalo piquigrueso
Ambodikilo, Antongil Bay, Madagascar
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. brazzae
(Oustalet, 1886) – Sierra Leone E patchily through Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon to Congo and W DRCongo.
P. a. validus
(Reichenow, 1879) – E DRCongo to SE Kenya and Tanzania, and S through Malawi, Zambia, Angola, NE Namibia, N Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to NE South Africa (Mpumalanga).
P. a. audeberti
(Schlegel, 1879) – Madagascar.
36 cm; 115 g. Adult uniform slate-grey above (brown in worn plumage), lores white, wings blackish, tail barred brown and black; white below; narrow eye-ring yellow, iris... read more
Loud whistled “wheee-wheee-wheep”, like a goshawk (Accipiter); also a chattering “chee-... read more
Miombo (Brachystegia) woodlands, lowland and riverine forests; more characteristic of rich... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly hairy caterpillars, marula worms, grasshoppers and mantids.
Breeds Sept–Mar in Zimbabwe; few records elsewhere. Brood-parasitic: hosts Red-billed Helmet-shrike (Prionops retzii), in... read more
Non-migratory, or with local seasonal movements. In Sudan, possible non-breeding visitor only in S... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to rare throughout range, though regular in coastal forest of Kenya and locally in SE Zimbabwe; status uncertain in Sierra Leone, with 1... read more
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