Animal Name: Klaas’s Cuckoo
Scientific Name: Chrysococcyx klaas
Habitat: It generally prefers open broad-leaved woodland, especially miombo (Brachystegia) and Mopane (Colosphermum mopane) woodland, but it also occupies dense Acacia thickets, forest edges, gardens and alien tree stands around farmsteads.
Distribution: Fairly common across sub-Saharan Africa, absent only from arid desert. In southern Africa it is fairly common in central and northern Namibia, northern and eastern Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and southern and eastern South Africa
Diet: Mainly insectivorous, specializing in butterflies and caterpillars. It usually forages in the foliage of trees or bushes, taking insects from leaves and occasionally hawking a flying insect.
It is a brood parasite, meaning that it lays its eggs in other birds nests. The host, thinking that the egg is its own, incubates the egg and cares for the chick. Egg-laying season is year-round, peaking from October-January.
It lays one egg per nest, laying roughly 24 eggs in one breeding season. The chicks usually hatch after an incubation period of about 11-12 days.
Soon after hatching, the chick evicts any of the host’s chicks or eggs that are present in the nest. It stays in the nest for about 19-21 days, after which it remains with the host bird for up to 25 days.