Alternative name: White-crowned Cuckoo
- Cacomantis leucolophus
A little known Cuckoo from New Guinea. 33cm.
- Black plumage
- White stripe down crown
- Barred white undertail-coverts
- White tipped tail
Sexes similar. Juveniles are black above and barred white below.
New Guinea and Salawati Island.
Frequently reported at Varirata National Park near Port Moresby.
Found in forests, mainly in canopy in hilly terrain. Occurs from sea-level up to 1500m.
Little known. Feeds mainly on insects like caterpillars. Takes also fruit. Forages in the canopy.
No information about breeding.
A loud, mournful song of 3 or 4 descending whistles, getting higher in pitch and more insistent.
- 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
- 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
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) White-crowned Koel. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 16 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/White-crowned_Koel