African Emerald Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx cupreus) - HBW 4, p. 565
French: Coucou foliotocol
Spanish: Cuclillo Esmeralda Africano
Other common names: Emerald Cuckoo
Taxonomy: Cuculus cupreus Shaw, 1792, Gambia.
Sometimes treated as polytypic, with races based on length of tail and wing, with tail length shorter on São Tomé, Príncipe and Pagalu (insularum), intermediate on Bioko (intermedius), longer in most of continental Africa (cupreus) and short in S Africa (sharpei), and on markings on undertail-coverts, but these traits overlap considerably between regions. Monotypic.
Distribution: Sub-Saharan Africa from Gambia and S Senegal to S Sudan and N Ethiopia, S to N Angola and E South Africa; also Gulf of Guinea islands.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 10 videos
Wintering bird in a tree at Magoebaskloof, South Africa. Locality Magoebaskloof area, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Tomtink 16 July 2013 31 weeks ago 25 sec 4.4
Male perched in a tree. Locality Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Ian Hempstead 3 November 2010 2 years ago 1 min 43 sec 4.4
A bird in a tree Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 19 weeks ago 39 sec 3.8
Bird in a tree seen from below Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 16 weeks ago 19 sec 3.7
Bird in a tree Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 21 weeks ago 37 sec 3.6
bird sitting on top of a tree Locality Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Keith and Lynn Youngs 23 November 2013 11 weeks ago 23 sec 3.3
PhotosSee all 11 photos
Young bird perched on a brench.
Locality Semliki National Park, Uganda
Tadeusz Rosinski 23 February 2011 1 year ago 4.8
Female eating caterpillars
Locality Ankasa-Nini National Park, Western Region, Ghana (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 9 February 2013 1 year ago 4.5
A back view of a male
Locality Kakum National Park, Central Region, Ghana (Monotypic species)
Lars Petersson 25 January 2013 6 weeks ago 4.3
Taken from under the tree.
Locality Masindi, Uganda
Lee Hunter 3 August 2012 1 year ago 3.8
Male perched in tree
Locality Kibale National Park, Uganda
Jason Anderson 6 August 2010 3 years ago 3.8
Side/rear view of a male perched in a tree
Locality Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Ian Hempstead 3 November 2010 2 years ago 3.6