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White-crowned Koel - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: White-crowned Cuckoo

Cacomantis leucolophus

Identification

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.

Distribution

New Guinea and Salawati Island.
Frequently reported at Varirata National Park near Port Moresby.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species which is sometimes placed in its own genus Caliechthrus.

Habitat

Found in forests, mainly in canopy in hilly terrain. Occurs from sea-level up to 1500m.

Behaviour

Little known. Feeds mainly on insects like caterpillars. Takes also fruit. Forages in the canopy.
No information about breeding.

Vocalisation

A loud, mournful song of 3 or 4 descending whistles, getting higher in pitch and more insistent.

References

  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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