- Cacomantis variolosus
Includes: Rusty-breasted Cuckoo
- Grey-brown upperparts
- Light grey-buff underparts
- Grey head, neck and breast
- White tipped tail barred white underneath
Female: two colour morphs
- Similar to male
- Paler buff underneath
- Pale grey barring across chest
- Barred morph - less common
- Streaked/barred upper parts
- Darkly barred underparts
Photo by Romy Ocon
Mount Makiling, Laguna Province, the Philippines
, December 2004
- Heavily barred dark brown upperparts
- Mottled and barred underneath
South-east Asia to Australia.
Eleven subspecies are recognized in this species, and some authorities additionally include Moluccan Cuckoo.
- C. v. sepulcralis (Rusty-breasted): Southern Thailand, Malay Peninsula, Greater Sundas, Lesser Sundas and Philippines
- C. v. everetti : Sulu Archipelago (Jolo, Basilan, Tawitawi and adjacent islands)
- C. v. virescens: Sulawesi, Butung, Tukangbesi and Banggai Islands
- C. v. infaustus: Northern Moluccas to northern and central New Guinea
- C. v. aeruginosus: Southern Moluccas (Buru, Ambon and Seram) and Sula Islands
- C. v. oreophilus: Highlands of eastern and southern New Guinea
- C. v. blandus: Admiralty Islands
- C. v. macrocercus: Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain, New Ireland and Tabar)
- C. v. websteri: New Hanover (Bismarck Archipelago)
- C. v. addendus: Solomon Islands
- C. v. variolosus: Northern and eastern Australia; winters to Moluccas and New Guinea
sepulcralis (Thailand, Indochina, Philippines, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java) is sometimes accepted as full species, Rusty-breasted Cuckoo.
Coastal mangrove to montane mossy forest up to 2000m. Open woodlands and bushy gardens.
A secretive species.
This is a brood parasite using , for example, White-throated Honeyeater as host species.
The diet includes insects, especially hairy caterpillars.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- Birds in Backyards
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