French: Malcoha austral German: Osterzkuckuck Spanish: Malcoha africano oriental
Other common names:
KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Lowlands from SW Ethiopia and S Somalia to Tanzania (including coastal islands), Malawi, Mozambique, E & SE Zimbabwe and coastal E South Africa.
33 cm; male 61–79·2 g, female 52–75 g. Large dark cuckoo (appearing blackish in field) with long, graduated tail. Crown and nape dark grey, glossed green, back, wings and... read more
Song in coastal E Africa is series of low-pitched nasal whistles, beginning with “si” notes at rate... read more
Inhabits patches of secondary and gallery forests, especially near edges, and dense second growth,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet (based on stomach contents) mainly Orthoptera and caterpillars (hairy and hairless), but also takes termite alates, beetles, bees,... read more
Season variously reported as Jul–Sept in E Tanzania, usually Oct–Dec in S Africa, Nov–Dec in Malawi, Nov in Zimbabwe, and Nov–Dec in South... read more
Generally resident, but at least some (if not most) birds move away from coasts of Kenya and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Secretive behaviour limits frequency of observations. Locally common in E Africa, where known from protected areas such as Arusha and Tsavo East... read more
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