Agile and active, this slender, long-tailed cuckoo hides in dense, leafy thickets and lives in forest and clusters of scrubby vegetation in grassland. Often occurring in pairs, it takes small animals such as insects, slugs, and tree frogs. It sometimes joins hunting flocks of mixed passerines. Although it is evasive and rarely seen it can be detected by its harsh, low pitched "chaaa."

• NEST This cuckoo does not parasitize nests of other birds. A saucer of sticks is built in a tree fork.

• Distribution

Africa south of the Sahara.


Species Crotophaga am

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