French: Coucou émeraude German: Prachtkuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo esmeralda asiático
J. F. Gmelin
Himalayas from about Garhwal E through Nepal, Bhutan, NE India, Bangladesh and S China (SE Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Hubei, Guizhou, Guangxi, Hainan), S to Myanmar, NW Thailand, N Laos and N & C Vietnam. Winters S to S India, Sri Lanka, Andaman and Nicobar Is, Indochina and Malay Peninsula, apparently small numbers reaching Sumatra.
17 cm; 24 g. Adult male glossy green above and from chin to upper breast, belly white with green and bronze bars, underside of wing with white band; eye-ring orange-red, iris... read more
A “chweek” in flight; a trill; also loud whistled twitters.
Dense evergreen forests, broadleaf secondary forest, outside breeding season also sometimes... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, feeding on ants, caterpillars, bugs. Forages mainly in tree canopy, often taking prey on the wing.
Breeds Apr–Jul. Brood-parasitic: hosts Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) and Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera... read more
Resident or partially migratory in India, but details uncertain; nomadic and local migrant, as are... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Scarce in Nepal and probably elsewhere in NW of range; similarly scarce in Myanmar, and uncommon in Thailand. Overall situation... read more
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