Learn about the African emerald cuckoo

A wonderful bird

He has on a wonderful golden yellow waistcoat to go with his lovely emerald green suit.

An Old World cuckoo belonging to the Cuculidae family is the African emerald cuckoo (Chrysococcyx cupreus).

These birds weigh about 1.2 ounces and are 8.3 to 9.1 inches long.

The brilliant yellow breast and belly, small, narrow beak, and brown-orange eyes are all distinctive features of the males’ spectacular metallic green coating of feathers.

The tips of his tail feathers are white. Females have a brown top and bottom with green and white stripes.

The brilliantly colorful African Emerald Cuckoo may be found all over Sub-Saharan Africa, including Angola, Botswana, and Burundi.

These birds prefer densely wooded areas with Mopane trees, but they will occasionally visit urban areas like parks, gardens, and vacant buildings.

Dressed in a coat of brilliant metallic green with a waistcoat of striking golden yellow and this bird wears his stunning iridescent suit with pride – meet the African emerald cuckoo

Insects including caterpillars, ants, locusts, and butterflies are favorites of the Emerald Cuckoo.

The female Emerald Cuckoo lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, especially Yellow-whiskered Bulbuls, Bee Eaters, and Puffback Shrikes. This bird does not build its own nest or raise its own young.

She typically waits for the nest owners to return from foraging before discarding the old eggs and laying her fresh ones.

The residents will return to care for the cuckoo chicks and incubate the eggs.

The IUCN has rated this species as Least Concern because it has a reasonably large breeding range and is regarded as widespread over much of it.

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