Diederik cuckoo

Scientific Name:
Chrysococcyx caprius
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Diederik cuckoo

The Diederik Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx caprius) is a species of cuckoo found in sub-Saharan Africa.


Diederik Cuckoos inhabit a wide range of habitats, including woodlands, savannas, scrublands, forest edges, and agricultural areas. They are often found in areas with dense vegetation, such as riverine forests, wooded grasslands, and gardens with tall trees. These cuckoos are known to occur in both natural and human-modified landscapes, including rural and urban areas.


Diederik Cuckoos are relatively small cuckoos, measuring approximately 20 to 22 centimeters (8 to 9 inches) in length. They have a slender build with a long tail, a slightly curved bill, and a distinctive barred plumage pattern. Males and females are similar in appearance, with brownish-gray upperparts, white underparts with black bars, and a black mask around the eyes. Best Viewing The best places to view Diederik Cuckoos are in wooded and vegetated habitats within their range. Look for them in woodlands, savannas, scrublands, and forest edges where they are commonly found. These cuckoos are often heard calling during the breeding season, making it easier to locate them. They are also occasionally seen perched on branches or wires, where they survey their surroundings for potential hosts for their eggs.