Cuckoo Red-Chested (Cuculus solitarius) – Kenya

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Cuckoo Red-Chested (Cuculus solitarius) – Kenya

A bird often heard but seldom seen, it calls a monotonous “Piet-my-vrou” (Afrikaans for Peter my wife”).   Note the swollen throat as it makes it’s distinctive sound.

This was the first time in 60 years of looking that I spotted the bird and well enough to photograph.

The Red-Chested Cuckoo often features in Wilbur Smith’s African books of adventure.


  • Species:Red-Chested Cuckoo (Cuculus solitarius)
  • Bird Type:Adult
  • FamilyCuckoos (Cuculidae)
  • Date Taken20140424
  • Location:Nairobi Nat. Park
  • Area:Nairobi
  • Country:Ethiopia
  • Region:All Africa
Photo File Ref: BOA23001a Cuckoo Red-Chested 1 Nairobi NP Kenya April14 PH1_1176
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