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Chobe River, Left Bank


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 640 mm
Exposure 1/250 s, f/7.1, ISO 400 
Image size 800 x 534 pixels

IOC Names

Deutsch  Kupferschwanzkuckuck Dutch  Koperstaartspoorkoekoek
Italian  Cucal codarame Spanish  Cucal Colicobrizo


Coppery-tailed coucals (Centropus cupreicaudus) are resident in dense swamp vegetation, reedbeds, papyrus, inundated floodplains. Cupreicaudus is the Latin word meaning coppery tail which refers to the copper sheen on the tail feathers, hence the name. Will tear open a weavers nest to eat nestlings.


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Coppery-tailed Coucal
Centropus cupreicaudus
Coucal des papyrus

Jean-Michel PAULUS