Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Coppery-tailed coucals (Centropus cupreicaudus) are resident in dense swamp vegetation, reedbeds, papyrus, inundated floodplains and tangled scrub with thicket. Cupreicaudus is the Latin word meaning coppery tail which refers to the violet sheen on the tail feathers, hence the name. Often difficult to observe due to their habit of only being active in the early morning and evening, otherwise under cover.
Diet: A variety of small animals usually swallowed hole. Will tear open a weavers nest to eat nestlings. They are also partial to snails, crabs, frogs, fish, snakes, lizards, birds, rodents and chameleons.
Description: Females slightly larger than males. Black head, back and rump dark brown with violet sheen, blackish brown tail and creamy or white underparts.
Breeding: Nests are loosely built of grass and lined with leaves in a tangle of weeds usually no more than 1m above the ground. Between 2 and 4 eggs are laid between January and March.
Size: 47cm. Weight: 280g.
3 Days - Visits Sesriem & Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert
4 Days - Game viewing in Etosha National Park
10 Days - Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei
14 Days - Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Lüderitz, Fish River Canyon & Kalahari Desert
20 Days - Visits Namibia, Vic Falls & Botswana