African Cuckoo Hawk ( Aviceda cuculoides, family: Accipitridae)

Birds & Birding in the Kruger National Park South Africa. In Roberts 6 this bird was called Cuckoo Hawk

african cuckoo hawk kruger national park birds.gif The African Cuckoo Hawk (Latin name Aviceda cuculoides) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 128 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 474 also a picture of the African Cuckoo Hawk on page 433. The African Cuckoo Hawk belongs to the family of birds classified as Accipitridae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the African Cuckoo Hawk is also known by these other names: African Cuckoo Falcon, West African Cuckoo Falcon, Cuckoo Falcon.

In the previous edition of Roberts (ie 6th edition) the African Cuckoo Hawk was called the Cuckoo Hawk

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The African Cuckoo Hawk is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a rare resident

In terms of distribution of the African Cuckoo Hawk in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. African Cuckoo Hawk : see above distribution map.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

The African Cuckoo Hawk is a bird about the size of a Francolin now called Spurfowl. The height of the African Cuckoo Hawk is about 40 cms and its weight is about 250 gms

You will find that the male African Cuckoo Hawk plumage and colours are different to that of the female African Cuckoo Hawk

  • Head is brown.
  • Eye is brown.
  • Bill is black.
  • Throat is blue, grey.
  • Back is brown.
  • Legs are yellow.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The African Cuckoo Hawk feeds on wing mainly


Aquatic life forms

Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The African Cuckoo Hawk is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Aviceda cuculoides will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of African Cuckoo Hawk is to create the nest in branches of a tree or shrub. The bird lays eggs which are in colour and number between 1 to 2

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for African Cuckoo Hawk are: woodlands

You will normally see the African Cuckoo Hawk by itself rather than in the company of birds of the same species.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Koekoekvalk

German ... Kuckucksweih

Portuguese ... Falco-cuco

French ... Baza coucou

Dutch ... Afrikaanse Koekoekswouw

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 128

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website ,