Saturday, June 28, 2014

Diederik Cuckoo

The diederik cuckoo, also known as the didrik cuckoo, is a beautiful bird with upper parts that are metallic green with a coppery colored wash and white blotches on the wing. 
Diederik cuckoo in Nairobi NP in Kenya.
The underparts are white with coppery green bars on the flanks. It has a distinctive white eye stripe, red eyes and a black bill. The female is more coppery on the back and wings and the immature bird has a red bill, which is what we found. It has a dee-dee-dee-deedric call which is how I assume it got its name. It is found in all of Sub-Saharan Africa except for true deserts. This has been one of the harder birds for me to identify. We only saw one, in Nairobi National Park.


  1. YOU saw only one. I don't think I saw this little emerald gem until now.

  2. I am constantly amazed at the colors and varieties of birds in the world--here is a good example.