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Diederik cuckoo

Chrysococcyx caprius

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18 Comments

Beautiful !

Seema
Seema 9 years ago

Awesome finding

Hans.New
Hans.New 9 years ago

Impressing series. On the last one you caught some zebras, too. Lovely.

AmySutcliffe
AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thanks very much everyone, he was great to watch! :-)

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

Super spotting. Sharp photo, too!

CourtneyVerk
CourtneyVerk 9 years ago

beautiful bird!

AlikaKay
AlikaKay 9 years ago

What a beautiful green color! It's got some crazy eyes too!

AmySutcliffe
AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Sorry, there was still a problem with the spotting. All photos should be viewable now. :)

Birding For Fun
Birding For Fun 9 years ago

What a beautiful bird. Still need photo number 2.

AmySutcliffe
AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thanks, yeah I was having problems with the webpage, should be sorted now. :)

ChimeTsetan
ChimeTsetan 9 years ago

beautiful bird.... great shots. :)
yes, the pic number 2 needs re-posting. :)

FoTony
FoTony 9 years ago

Very nice series, but I can't see picture number two.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Amazing!! Thanks for the information!!

AmySutcliffe
AmySutcliffe 9 years ago

Thanks for the interest, I took these whilst working on the UmPhafa nature reserve at the end of last year. It is true that they are far more easily heard than seen. I was so pleased to get these shots!
Like many other cuckoo's this species is a brood parasite mainly laying their eggs in the nests of weavers, sparrows and wagtails. One egg is laid in each nest of the hosts, and after 12 days it will hatch and imediately eject all other eggs and even chicks that may of already hatched. Interestingly I learnt from the reserve co-ordinator that the main diet of this species are hairy caterpillars, which are in fact poisonous to most other birds. These images are of a male, the female has a coppery under body whilst the males have this lovely white colouration. :-)

Saber
Saber 9 years ago

beautiful !!!

Ietermagog
Ietermagog 9 years ago

Always hearing them, difficult to spot. Great series!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Could you add some more information on the bird?

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Beautiful! With the zebras in the background...
:)

AmySutcliffe
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AmySutcliffe

Emnambithi-Ladysmith Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Nov 23, 2011
Submitted on Feb 11, 2012

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