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Subspecies plagosus
Photo © by Tom Tarrant
Dayboro, southeast Queensland, Australia, January 2003
Chrysococcyx lucidus


Juvenile, subspecies lucidus
Photo © by quicksand
Whitford, Auckland, New Zealand, February 2014

17 cm (6¾ in)

  • Bronze-green upperparts
  • Green tail
  • Whitish face
  • White underparts with greenish-bronze barring
  • Straight, pointed beaks
  • Feet have zygodactyl toe arrangement


Indonesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, eastern and south-western Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • C.l. harterti:
  • C.l. layardi:
  • C.l. lucidus:
  • C.l. plagosus:


Forests, woodland and scrub, from sea-level to 1000 m.



Their main diet consists of insects, particularly caterpillars. They forage on the ground and in the canopy. Will join mixed species feeding flocks.


They are a brood parasite using hosts such as thornbills, wrens, flycatchers and honeyeaters. The female lays up to 16 long, pale green to brown eggs. The eggs are laid one at a time in the nests of 16 other birds.


They call with a high-pitched whistle.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)
  3. Pizzey and Knight

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