Cercococcyx montanus (Barred long-tailed
cuckoo , Barred cuckoo)
Langstertkoekoek [Afrikaans]; Gestreepte
langstaartkoekoek [Dutch]; Coucou montagnard [French]; Bergkuckuck
[German]; Cuco-das-montanhas [Portuguese]
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Order: Cuculiformes > Family: Cuculidae
Distribution and habitat
Occurs from southern Kenya to Tanzania, Malawi and northern and central Mozambique, as well as northern and south-eastern
Zimbabwe. It generally prefers dense riverine forest with deciduous thickets, munondo (Julbernadia),
coastal thickets and lowland evergreen forest.
Distribution of Barred long-tailed cuckoo in southern Africa,
based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas
Animal Demography unit, University of
Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range
from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common).
Movements and migrations
Rare summer visitor to the forests of Zimbabwe
Mainly eats caterpillars and other small invertebrates
such as small snails, doing most of its foraging in the tree canopy.
- Little known, it is a brood parasite, meaning that it lays its eggs in the
nest of other birds, possibly including African broadbills and
East coast akalats.
- It was once recorded to lay a single egg in December.
Status uncertain, but probably threatened by the clearing
Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts
- Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker
Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.