Crested Madagascar cuckoo (lat. Coua cristata) Is an exotic species of common cuckoos living on the island of Madagascar.
At first glance, it seems that the fluffy crest on its head and bright blue circles around the eyes make this small bird noticeable from afar, but it is these distinctive features that help it disguise itself against the background of lush and multicolored tropical vegetation.
Crested Madagascar cuckoos live in the forests, savannas and shrubs of Madagascar, at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level. Their whole life is spent in the crowns of trees; cuckoos come down to the ground very rarely. On the trees, crested Madagascar cuckoos find all their favorite food - various insects, fruits, berries, snails and lizards.
Crested Madagascar cuckoos are not very well adapted to flying, and all their skills are to flap their wings once or twice and return to the tree. But on the branches they feel very confident, moving nimbly among the dense foliage. You can find out about their approach by the sonorous "koa-koa" heard from afar.
Jumping from branch to branch, cuckoos skillfully balance in the air with their long tail. Together with it, the length of the body of the crested Madagascar cuckoo reaches 44 centimeters.
Two eggs, which the female lays in a cozy nest of twigs, the pair incubate in turn. Chicks are born blind and almost featherless. Like the chicks of the white-chinned Madagascar cuckoo, they have glowing marks in their mouths to remind their parents where to put their food. As babies grow older, these marks disappear.