Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius)

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    The Great Spotted Cuckoo is a brood parasite like most other Cuckoos. They mainly parasitizes on Pied and Black Crows but in the parks where I've seen them they tend to go for starlings as hosts. In Mapungubwe it would mostly be the Meves's (Longtailed) Starlings that are targeted as they are the most common of the starlings here. Photographed on 03 January 2008 near the Maloutswa hide., cybeR@NGER, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Francois Dreyer ages ago | reply

      I have only seen this bird once before. An adult and juvenile close to the water hole outside Roodewal camp in the Kruger National park. Lucky to have the bird sitting in the open like that.

      As to Maloutswa hide in Mapungubwe. Really enjoyed my one short visit to this hide in 2005.

      This chirping image was seen in the Birds of Southern Africa pool
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    2. Johann du Preez ages ago | reply

      I've seen them a few times now. Near the Levuvhu bridge and on the Nyalaland trail in Kruger NP. Also that juvenile near Shingwedzi remember, on our last BBW ?
      A really quick sighting near Nylsvlei and this one at Mapungubwe.
      Have always seen them in pairs. Other cuckoos I've seen have mostly been only single birds.

    3. Francois Dreyer ages ago | reply

      Oh yes. Forgot about the juvenile we saw close to Shingwedzi. The one with it's starling parent.

      Only got one horrible pic of that sighting. This is the best I could do with it in CS2


    4. G.M Photography ages ago | reply

      Please add this great bird photo to "Birds Photos" group

    5. ages ago | reply

      Your photos are fantastic!

      This photo depicts birds as art; please join our group!!

      Come join us and post your bird photo at the Birds as Art Group

    6. cybeR@NGER ages ago | reply

      Very nice, Johann. It's on my "I wish" list :)

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