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The Diederik Cucko

Diederik cuckoo are brood parasite, they mostly lay a single egg  in village weaver and other weavers. They mimic host’s eggs colour, shape and patterns. Weavers then help incubate eggs and feed the parasite chicks’

The deed-deed-deed-deed-er-ick call

The diederik cuckoo feed on variety of insect and caterpillars. It is a noisy species, with the persistent and loud deed-deed-deed-deed-er-ick call from which it gets its name. In my home language we identify it by its call, ‘mae a ka a kae’ meaning where are my eggs.

The fist bird that we hear at kololo game reserve is the diederik cuckoo looking for the egg.

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Prince Makgai