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Rufous-throated Bronze Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Reddish-throated Bronze Cuckoo; Mountain Bronze Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx ruficollis



  • Copper green upperparts with bronze or purple iridescence
  • Rufous forehead, face, throat and upper breast
  • White barred bronze green rest of underparts
  • Black bill
  • Olive-grey to dark olive-green feet

Females similar, lacking iridescence on upperparts.
Juveniles green above, grey-white below.

Similar species

The female may be confused with White-eared Bronze Cuckoo, which has rufous restricted to the forehead.


Endemic to New Guinea, found in the central mountain ranges, Vogelkop mountains and Wandammen mountains. Recently discovered in Foja Mountains.
Apparently rare to uncommon in its small range.


This is a monotypic species.
It's sometimes placed in the genus Chalcites.


Moist montanes and highlands. Found in primary and secondary forest and in subalpine thickets.
Occurs mainly at 1600 to 2600m.



Feeds on insects, mainly on caterpillars.
Joins mixed-species flocks while foraging. Sits motionless, staring and peering for prey, then moves and seizes the insects.


No information available. Probably a brood parasitic.


  1. 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
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221

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