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White-eared Bronze Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Meyer’s Bronze Cuckoo; Mountain Bronze Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx meyerii

Identification

15cm.

  • Glossy green upperparts
  • Green crown
  • White ear-coverts forming distinctive crescentic mark
  • White underparts with prominent glossy green barring
  • Black undertail with white bars
  • Large rufous patch on flight-feathers
  • Orange or red eyering

Female similar but with rufous-chestnut forecrown and grey eyering.
Juveniles are have olive grey-brown upperparts, a green-grey head, a rufous-grey tail and grey underparts.

Similar species

Adults are unmistakable. Juveniles can be confused with other juvenile Bronze Cuckoos.

Distribution

Found in the mountains of New Guinea and Batanta Island.
Considered to be uncommon in its range.

Taxonomy

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

Habitat

Found in primary and secondary forests. Also at forest edges and garden shade trees.
Occurs mainly at 500 to 2000m, usually at lower altitudes than Rufous-throated Bronze Cuckoo.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds on insects and caterpillars.
Forages usually in midstorey and regularly joins mixed-species foraging flocks.

Breeding

No information available. Probably a brood parasitic.

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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