African cuckoo
Appearance
The call of this species is its most diagnostic feature. The barred (not spotted) undertail distinguishes it from Common Cuckoo. In Oct/Nov this species' plumage is fresh and migrant Common Cuckoo's plumage is worn and in heavy moult. The reverse is true in March/April.
Female resembles male but also occurs in a rare rufous form. Jevenile has underparts and head entirely barred with black and white, and the upperparts blackish, scalloped with white.
Habitat
Woodland and savanna.
Call
Similar to African Hoopoe's 'hoop-hoop' call but slower; female utters a fast 'kik-kik-kik'.

Names
(en) African cuckoo
(sc) Cuculus gularis
(nl) Afrikaanse koekoek
(af) Afrikaanse koekoek