Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Black Cuckoo (Cuculus clamosus) - HBW 4, p. 553

French: Coucou criard German: Schwarzkuckuck Spanish: Cuco Negro

Taxonomy: Cuculus clamosus Latham, 1801, Cape of Good Hope = Cradock.
Formerly listed as C. cafer, but that name was officially suppressed, largely due to confusion with Clamator levaillantii. Birds from S Ethiopia to Uganda, W Kenya and NW Tanzania sometimes separated as “jacksoni”, but they in fact represent an intermediate or intergrade population. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • gabonensis Lafresnaye, 1853 - Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria and N Zaire E to S Sudan, Uganda and W Kenya.
  • clamosus Latham, 1801 - Ethiopia, E & C Kenya, Tanzania, S Zaire and Angola S to NE Namibia, Zimbabwe and E South Africa; migrates to equatorial W Africa, where recorded irregularly W to Senegambia.