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.

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.

Diederik Cuckoo eats invertabrates. Hairy caterpillars are their favourite..!

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.

Photographed in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.

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Diederik Cuckoo ~ Wings Outstretched

A male Diederik Cuckoo, readying itself for flight in the grassland of Olare Orok Conservancy.

Diederik Cuckoo ~ Perched

Male Diederik Cuckoo, perched on a short twig in grassland, looking out for a hairy caterpillar.

Diederik Cuckoo ~ with Caterpillar

Diederik Cuckoo ~ with Caterpillar