The Black Cuckoo
) is a species of cuckoo
in the Cuculidae
family. The species is distributed widely across sub-Saharan Africa
. The subspecies Cuculus clamosus gabonensis
is a resident in Central Africa, whereas the Southern African subspecies Cuculus clamosus clamosus
, breeding in Southern Africa in September to December, then moving in March to Central, Eastern and West Africa.
The Black Cuckoo is a medium sized cuckoo. The plumage varies by subspecies, Cuculus clamosus clamosus is either almost entirely black with a white buff on the chest or entirely black; Cuculus clamosus gabonensis is mostly black with a red throat and black and white barring on the belly.
The Black Cuckoo is a brood parasite. Its main hosts are bushshrikes, particularly the Tropical Boubou and Crimson-breasted Shrike.