Dressed in a coat of brilliant metallic green with a waistcoat of striking golden yellow and this bird wears his stunning iridescent suit with pride – meet the African emerald cuckoo

He’s dressed in a lovely emerald green suit with a stunning golden yellow waistcoat!

The African emerald cuckoo (Chrysococcyx cupreus) is an Old World cuckoo of the Cuculidae family.

These birds are 8.3 to 9.1 inches long and weigh around 1.2 ounces.

Dressed in a coat of brilliant metallic green with a waistcoat of striking golden yellow and this bird wears his stunning iridescent suit with pride – meet the African emerald cuckoo

Males have a striking metallic covering of green plumage, with a bright yellow breast and belly, and a small, slender beak and brown-orange eyes.

His tail feathers are white at the tips. Females are brown on top and green and white on the bottom.

The African Emerald Cuckoo is a stunningly colored bird that may be found across Sub-Saharan Africa, including Angola, Botswana, and Burundi.

These birds prefer heavily forested woodlands with Mopane trees, but they will visit urban environments such as parks, gardens, and unoccupied buildings on occasion.

Dressed in a coat of brilliant metallic green with a waistcoat of striking golden yellow and this bird wears his stunning iridescent suit with pride – meet the African emerald cuckoo

The Emerald Cuckoo enjoys eating insects such as butterflies, ants, locusts, and caterpillars.

The female Emerald Cuckoo, which does not make its own nest or nurture its own young, deposits her eggs in the nests of other birds, particularly Yellow-whiskered Bulbuls, Bee Eaters, and Puffback Shrikes.

She normally waits until the nest owners are out foraging before tossing away the current eggs and depositing her new.

The inhabitants will return to incubate the cuckoo eggs and raise the chicks as their own.

This species has a fairly extensive breeding range and is regarded as common over much of it; as a result, it is classified as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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