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black cuckoo

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Black cuckoos (Cuculus clamosus) inhabit forest and open woodlands particularly Acacia thicket and trees and plantations around settlements. They are solitary birds, perching high in canopies, identifiable by their repetitive call.

Distribution: Central and northern Namibia including Etosha National Park, Ovamboland and the Caprivi Strip. Absent from coastal and Namib Desert regions.

Diet: Hairy and smooth caterpillars, grasshoppers, termites, beetles, birds' eggs and small birds.

Description: Small to medium-sized cuckoos with long and pointed wings, elongated rump feathers. Grey in colour above. Clamosus is the Latin word for noisy.

Breeding: Brood parasite with the female removing host eggs with 4 or 5 eggs laid on alternate days with an incubation period of 14 days.

Size: 30cm. Weight: 90g.

Ongula Village Homestead Lodge

A traditional Owambo homestead which offers a unique opportunity of interacting with the local community while getting involved in local activities such as cattle herding and basket making.

Ruacana Eha Lodge

Situated at the Ruacana falls on the Namibia / Angola border - this lodge serves as a gateway between Kaokoland and Owamboland

Uukwaluhdi Safari Lodge

North of Etosha, east of Osahakati & west of Opuwo this remote lodge is situated on the vast plains of the Omusati Region. Attractions here include tracking Black Rhino.

Namibia Tours