After my successful sighting to the park last time around. I decided that I’d better have another go at it.
Looks like I may have to change the statement that I last used, soon.
[Often heard, but seldom seen …]
2nd trip to the gardens, 2nd sighting.
Looks like I am making a habit of it, but I suspect that we were just super lucky, again.
[special thanks to my daughter, who did an excellent job of chief spotter].
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, Roodeport, South Africa.
The Red-chested Cuckoo (Cuculus solitarius) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family.
The nesting habit of Red-chested Cuckoo is to use the nest of another bird. The surrogate family then raise the chicks. The bird lays eggs which are brown in colour and number between 20 eggs per season in different nests.
“A large grey bird with a rufous chest. The bill is short, slender and arched; and blackish in colour. The eyes are brown with a prominent yellow eye-ring. The legs and feet are yellow. The tail is medium sized and broad, giving the bird the appearance of being long and quite slender.”