Diederik Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx caprius
Diederik Cuckoo is a small, 7.5" (19cm) bird, with distinctive iridescent green upperparts and red eye and eye-ring. Its underparts are white, with green bars on its flanks. Its bill is black and feet are grey. The female is slightly different, with stronger bars on the underparts and a pale brown chin, throat and breast. Habits
During the wet season, from October to June, the Diederik Cuckoo is found close by Village Weaver
nests, where the female lays her eggs, when the Weavers are not at home. It is thus known as a Parasitic bird. Diet
Diederik Cuckoo eats invertabrates. Hairy caterpillars are their favourite..! Resident
Diederik Cuckoo are seen in most western parts of Kenya, below 2,000 metres. It is a wet weather visitor, between October to June and prefers Acacia woodlands and scub. Extra Diederik Cuckoo Facts
The bird's name derives from its call "dee-dee-DEE-der-ick".
Similar to the Klaas's Cuckoo, the Diederik is slightly larger, with more white on its wings. Diederik also shows barring on its underparts and a distinctive white eye-stripe. Photographs
Photographed in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.