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Black-eared Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Hans&Judy Beste
Location: Stawell, Victoria, Australia, 1975
Chrysococcyx osculans

Identification

  • Brown-grey head, neck and back
  • Olive-bronze metallic sheen on back
  • Pale rump
  • Cream-buff underparts
  • Barred outer tail feathers
  • Creamy-white face
  • White eyebrow widening towards the neck
  • Black eye-stripe

Juvenile similar to the adult, but paler.

Similar Species

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo

Distribution

Juvenile
Photo by aussietrev
Queensland, Australia, 20th October 2008

Endemic to Australia.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Dry open woodlands, eucalypt forests and shrublands and vegetation along creek beds.

Behaviour

Breeding

Brood parasite, using especially nests of Speckled Warbler.

Diet

The diet includes insects.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Birds in Backyards

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