Diderik Cuckoo, juvenile
As I watched and photographed the bird, it puffed up its feathers. I knew the parents were nearby and hid myself in the shadows of the garden wall.
The bird was big enough to fly from tree to tree. Here it perched on a shrub on my sidewalk
Not long and the parents arrived: a pair of Cape Sparrows! Several weeks ago I heard the adult Diderik Cuckoo calling: dee-dee-deederik. This was obviously when the cuckoo lay her egg in a Cape Sparrow's nest and left. This is what brood parasites do: they lay their egg in a host bird's nest and leave. The young hatches before sparrow's eggs and normally kicks these out of the nest. The host parents - in this case Cape Sparrows - don't know any better and raise this large bird as their own. I hope you get the idea in the video below:
Diderik Cuckoo (juvenile) dozing in the morning sun
While the youngster sat dozing in the sun, the female Cape Sparrow arrived on the same shrub.
The next day I spotted it and the host parents through the dining room window. They were feeding "their"baby on an old rose bush.
The Cape Sparrow (female), Diderik Cuckoo, juvenile and Cape Sparrow (male)
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Happy Wednesday to you all!