Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo Cercococcyx montanus

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Rufous-brown, heavily barred cuckoo with an unusually long tail. There can be a wash of rufous on the throat and/or breast. Found in forest and thick woodland, including some miombo. Shy and retiring, and most easily found by voice. There are two main vocalizations; one is a long series of slurred “tseeeuw” calls which become more empatic. This sometimes leads into the second call type, which is a four-noted “toot tweet tow tweet.” Similar to other long-tailed cuckoos, but the adult is easily separated by the rufous barring on the upperparts.

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