Striped (Levaillant's) cuckoo beats and eats hairy caterpillar

Striped (Levaillant's) cuckoo beats and eats hairy caterpillar

Observation - Striped (Levaillant's) cuckoo beats and eats hairy caterpillar - Southern Africa. Description: Striped cuckoo picked the unidentified large hairy caterpillar off the Combretum imberbe tree ( motswiri or leadwood are common names) nearby. It then beat the caterpillar thoroughly several times on a branch, the bird was unfazed by my watching. I witnes

Striped cuckoo picked the unidentified large hairy caterpillar off the Combretum imberbe tree ( motswiri or leadwood are common names) nearby. It then beat the caterpillar thoroughly several times on a branch, the bird was unfazed by my watching. I witnessed it eat the caterpillar. The hairs from this caterpillar have caused severe skin irritations to people and animals in Maun in the past year.