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Unread post by mountainview » Fri Apr 04, 2008 11:02 am

At close inspection you can see the "white" spot on the head but it's almost as dark as the head when compared to the throat. Interesting.
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Unread post by JenB » Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:51 pm

I heard then found a pair at the Walter Susulu Botanical Gardens today! :dance: He was making eyes at her! :wink:
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:14 am

That is a very nice sighting, Jen.

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Re: Cuckoos: Klaas's Cuckoo

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:35 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:In July (2005) I heard an unusual bird call outside my house in Cape Town. It sounded like "Wheat pee" repeated 3 or 4 times. I tried to eyeball it in vain and then resorted to listening to all 947 or so birds sounds on the Roberts' cd. The only possible call on the cd was that of Klaas's cuckoo. At least twice a week I would hear the blighter and run outside with binoculars into the street, but alas he could not be seen. I think the neighbours might have been in touch with Valkenberg!!
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Re: Cuckoo, Klaas's

Unread post by Aquilla » Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:29 pm

the call is 3 sylabilled, hu eeeeeeeee tjie, hu eeeeeeeeee tjie.
Not 2 in my learned opinion...and yes some do over winter.

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Unread post by gfordyce » Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:47 am

I was in Richards Bay this weekend. While hubby was running, I found a quiet wooded area near the beach. There I saw two Klaas's Cuckoos Male and female hopping and eating on the ground. They were quite bold and I was able to take many photos (not good) with my limited lens. The female seemed larger. In fact I went back the following day and they were still there for hubby to tick. Later we got the Green Twinspot... so happy 630 on my list now.
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Unread post by Batmad » Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:11 pm

gfordyce- i have heard that sciantists are now contemplating if Klaas's cuckoo is acctually a intra-african migrant. Apparantly they might just be staying here in SA but are just keeping quite 8)
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Unread post by Tilandi » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:44 pm

Seen this weekend on the edge of Gauteng and North West (Carltonville). Is it a juv Diderick Cuckoo. Didn't have the dark green but looked more olive green in the sunlight. :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:19 pm

Tilandi, I am no expert but was wondering if it wasn't an African Emerald Cuckoo as my book says the Juv Diderick has a dark red bill.
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Unread post by Rusty Justy » Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:59 pm

The female cuckoo is a KLASS'S CUCKOO.
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Unread post by Tilandi » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:46 pm

Thanks for you input Elsa :D
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Unread post by Stoffel » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:01 pm

I agree on the female Klaas's Cuckoo.

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Unread post by francoisd » Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:43 pm

Female photographed in Skukuza
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:47 am

3. Looks more like a cuckoo, maybe a female Klaas'... The photo detail is not good enough for me to make an ID with which I'm 100% comfortable
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:35 pm

This morning At Rondevlei in Cape Town, this juvenile has stumped us.

We heard a Klaas's cuckoo calling in the distance and though this could be it, but it looks more like a barred long tailed cuckoo that has no right to be down here, or maybe even Diedericks, but it seemed to be about the size of a dove.

Help please, before I go cuckoo.

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