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Diederik Cuckoo L: 19 cm ( 7·5") This small ‘green’ cuckoo is similar to Klaas’s Cuckoo and told by the pattern of green and white . The male has white underparts with barred flanks, and iridescent green upperparts with strong white flecking on the wing, white patches in front of and behind the eye, and a prominent red eye-ring and eye . The bronzy-green female has a diagnostic white patch in front of the eye and white patches on the wings . It is a common spring and summer (September–April) intra-African breeding migrant to Kruger . Although found in many habitat types, it prefers riverine and wetland areas where its preferred hosts, weavers and bishops, are common . The call is a loud, rising “deee-deee-deee-deee-dederik” – hence its name . Green cuckoos Small cuckoos with glossy green (males) or bronzy-green (females) uppersides. female male 90 Klaas’s Cuckoo L: 18 cm ( 7") A small ‘green’ cuckoo . The male has white underparts and glossy, dark green upperparts, including ‘spurs’ that extend from the head onto the lower throat, and a conspicuous white patch behind the eye . The female is barred green-bronze on the back and head, with brown- and white-barred underparts . Both sexes lack the white flecks on the wing and in front of the eye shown by Diederik Cuckoo . Klaas’s Cuckoo is an uncommon spring and summer (September–April) intra-African breeding migrant to Kruger, although some overwinter . It is much more conspicuous when calling between September and Februrary . The call is a plaintive “meeee-jtie, meeee-tjie”, which gives the bird its name in Afrikaans . This cuckoo feeds particularly on caterpillars and larvae, and parasitizes batises, small warblers and sunbirds . BIRDS OF BROADLEAVED WOODLAND AND CAMPS female male 91 ...