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White-crowned Koel - BirdForum Opus

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.


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


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.


  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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