Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) - HBW 4, p. 548
French: Coucou geai
Spanish: Críalo Europeo
Taxonomy: Cuculus glandarius Linnaeus, 1758, northern Africa and southern Europe = Gibraltar.
A smaller race, choragium, has been described from S Africa, but breeding birds there overlap considerably in size with breeding birds in Mediterranean zone, and are not distinguishable. Monotypic.
Distribution: Iberian Peninsula, S France and W Italy; Turkey and Cyprus E to N Iraq and W Iran, and S through Middle East to Egypt; also sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and Liberia E to Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, N Somalia and Kenya, and S to Tanzania, Angola and South Africa. Virtually all populations winter in Africa; regular in small numbers in S Spain.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 17 videos
A magpie feeding a young bird Locality El Pardo, Madrid, Spain (Monotypic species)
Javier Ortas 31 July 2006 5 years ago 30 sec 4.5
Front view of a young bird perched on a wire Locality Ontiñena, Huesca, Aragón, Spain (Monotypic species)
Jesús Laborda 27 June 2005 6 years ago 40 sec 4.5
Back view of a young bird perched on a wire and defecating Locality Ontiñena, Huesca, Aragón, Spain (Monotypic species)
Jesús Laborda 27 June 2005 6 years ago 30 sec 4.3
Half concealed in a palm tree Locality Souss Massa National Park, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco
Juan Sanabria 1 April 2012 1 year ago 25 sec 4
Perched while migrating to the north Locality Souss Massa National Park, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco
Juan Sanabria 1 April 2012 1 year ago 11 sec 4
A pair perched on a fence, the male is attracted by the female with espasmodic movements and gives her a worm, copulating at the Locality Los Llanos de Cáceres, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (Monotypic species)
Juan Sanabria 28 February 2007 6 years ago 46 sec 4
PhotosSee all 17 photos
Juvenile bird resting in the track, unconcerned about proximity of vehicle.
Locality Chobe National Park, North-West District, Botswana (Monotypic species)
ian wood 17 December 2011 2 years ago 4.5
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Locality Vila Franca de Xira, Lisbon Region, Portugal
José Frade 5 May 2013 42 weeks ago 4.3
on the ground
Locality Valley of Tears (Bacha Valley), Golan Heights, Israel
Lior Kislev 28 April 2010 2 years ago 4.3
A bird perched on a branch
Locality Lleida, Lleida Province, Catalonia, Spain
Alex Mascarell 9 June 2011 32 weeks ago 4.2
Recently fledged, waiting to be fed.
Locality Belén, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
Brendan Marnell 18 April 2009 4 years ago 4.2
Landed in a pivot field no trees anywhere near
Locality Pivot Farm, Mukaynis, Al Rayyan, Qatar
John A Thompson 12 March 2010 4 years ago 4.2