Check Out The Sassy Look Of The African Emerald Cuckoo, A Bird With Metallic Green And Bright Yellow Attire

The African Emerald Cuckoo

As humans slay with their vibrant colorful outfits, jewelry, and other stuff, birds are graced with their natural beauty. They don’t need any materialistic beauty to make their presence remarkable. They are naturally decorated by their striking feathers. Today we’re going to meet a bird that doesn’t take a minute to steal your heart with its naturally provided metallic green and bright yellow attire. 

The African Emerald Cuckoo displays a rich green and yellow color on its feathers. It is a species of cuckoo that is native to Africa. They are regularly known as the emerald cuckoo and binomially named Chrysococcyx Cupreus.

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The African Emerald Cuckoo

The males of the African Emerald Cuckoo have a green back and head with a yellow breast. While female African Emerald Cuckoos are barred green and brown on their backs and their breasts have a mixture of green and white. 

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It’s really difficult to spot them in the lush green vegetation due to their green-yellow body. They are most often identified by their calls, a four-note whistle with the memory device of “Hello Ju-dy.”

The African Emerald Cuckoos is a member of the family Cuculidae, an Old World Cuckoo. 

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Don’t you think they wear the most vibrant and beautiful natural attire?

Males have bright green bills that matched their plumage while females have brown bills.

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The African Emerald Cuckoos range across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The African Emerald Cuckoo

They are found in entire sub-Saharan Africa including Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Kenya, Guinea-Bissau, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and numerous others. 

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The diet of the African Emerald Cuckoos mainly consists of insects like caterpillars and ants. 

They mainly eat insects but also supplement their diet with some fruits.

The African Emerald Cuckoo

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The American Emerald Cuckoos forage in the middle and top layers of the canopy.

Breeding season occurs usually between September and March (the rainy seasons)

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Like other cuckoos, the African Emerald Cuckoo is also a brood parasite.

The African Emerald Cuckoos are known for social parasitism, which means females lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and give them no parental care.

Female African Emerald Cuckoos lay between 19 and 25 eggs per breeding season.

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The African Emerald Cuckoo

Male African Emerald Cuckoos maintain territories, even when they don’t need it, just to display themselves to potential mates.

The good news is that they are not under any immediate threat of decline, though there is some concern in upcoming years, about their habitat reduction and fragmentation of riparian areas and lowland forests.

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