Great Spotted Cuckoo

Clamator glandarius

This large, intra-African summer migrant selects crows and starlings as its brood hosts. The juveniles are more regularly seen than the adults, given their more extroverted behaviour and far-reaching hunger calls.

I first recorded this distinctively patterned cuckoo in February 2011 at Kgomo Kgomo (a reliable spot for this species), where I watched a juvenile calling for their indian myna host to bring it food.


Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 04 December 2016 Great Spotted Cuckoo (adult) / Kgomo Kgomo Floodplain, South Africa / 26 January 2019 Great Spotted Cuckoo (adult) / Kgomo Kgomo Floodplain, South Africa / 26 January 2019 Great Spotted Cuckoo (adult) / Kgomo Kgomo Floodplain, South Africa / 26 January 2019 Great Spotted Cuckoo (adult) / Kgomo Kgomo Floodplain, South Africa / 26 January 2019 Great Spotted Cuckoo (adult) / Kgomo Kgomo Floodplain, South Africa / 26 January 2019 Great Spotted Cuckoo (adult) / Kgomo Kgomo Floodplain, South Africa / 26 January 2019 Great Spotted Cuckoo (adult) / Kgomo Kgomo Floodplain, South Africa / 26 January 2019 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 04 December 2016 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 13 February 2016 Great Spotted Cuckoo (adult) / Kgomo Kgomo Floodplain, South Africa / 26 January 2019 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 08 February 2014 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 04 December 2016 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 13 February 2016 Great Spotted Cuckoo (adult) / Kgomo Kgomo Floodplain, South Africa / 26 January 2019 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 04 December 2016 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 08 February 2014 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 04 December 2016 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 04 December 2016 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 10 February 2013 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 13 February 2016 Great Spotted Cuckoo – juvenile / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 19 February 2011 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, North West Province, South Africa / 04 December 2016 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 10 February 2013 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 13 February 2016 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 10 February 2013 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 10 February 2013 Great Spotted Cuckoo – juvenile / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 19 February 2011 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 19 February 2011 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Northern Kruger National Park, South Africa / 03 February 2012 Great Spotted Cuckoo – juvenile / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 19 February 2011 Great Spotted Cuckoo / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 10 February 2013
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