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Asian Emerald Cuckoo
Adult Male: Iridescent dark green head, upper-parts and upper breast together with white lower breast and belly marked with dark green barring diagnostic. Orbital skin orange; bill orange yellow with dark tip.
Sub-adult Male: Similar to adult male but entire underparts (including throat and breast) marked with white and dark green bars.
Female: Pale coppery green upperparts together with chestnut crown and nape diagnostic. Entire underparts barred.
In flight both sexes show white band on underwing, at base of flight feathers.
The known breeding range extends from the Hamalayas east to Myanmar, northern Thailand and China; south of this range, sporadic occurances in India, Sri Lanka, South-east Asia, the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra fall mainly during the wintering periods and are therefore assumed to be either non-breeding vistors or vagrants due to the lack of evidence of breeding within this range.
Forest and forest edges.
Frequents the canopy and crown of tall trees. Other habits little known.
Voice a sharp CHWEEK, usualy uttered in flight.
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