Cuciiudak

Species Chrysocoayx caprins

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Didric Cuckoo

Common ¡11 a variety of habitats from open forest to savanna, this small, glossy grcen-and-white cuckoo feeds mainly on caterpillars. Its name refers to the plaintive "deca-dcca-dccdaric" call used by males when breeding. The male displays with shivering wings and spread tail, calling continuously.

• NliST A nest parasite; the female lays a single egg in the nest of a passerine bird, preferring those of weaver and sparrow species. The young cuckoo sometimes pushes the chicks of the host bird out of the nest.

• DISTRIBUTION Africa south of the Sahara; S.W. Arabian peninsula.

• orange eye ring broken wh ile across the eye harree! flanks outer tail feathers revealed when spread

Plumage Scxcs dinV;r s|lf,|,tly

Habitat

Migration M|f;r.,m

Family CUCULIDAK

Species Scyth/vps novaehoHandiae

Length 26 in (6S cm)

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Family CUCULIDAK

Species Scyth/vps novaehoHandiae

Length 26 in (6S cm)

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Cl 1annel-billed Cl jckoo

With its huge, powerful bill, long wings, and long tail, in flight this cuckoo resembles a hornbill (seepp. ¿30-231). It is most active at dusk and dawn and sometimes flies at night. I .oud, raucous calls are uttered in flight. This is a bird of the treetops, feeding mainly on fruit such as figs but also taking insects, and sometimes eggs anil small nestlings.

• NliST Parasitizes nests of currawongs. butcherbirds, crows, and Australasian Magpies (seepp. 383-384).

• DlSTRIBl ITION Breeds in N. and K. Australia. Winrers in New Guinea

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Family CuCULIDAE

Species Corcyzus erylhnplhalmus LenP" 12 in (30 cm)

Black-billed Gijckoo

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