French: Coucou pâle German: Blasskuckuck Spanish: Cuco pálido
New South Wales, Australia
Australia and Tasmania. Winters N to Wallacea.
31–32 cm; 82 g. Adult grey above, broad pale supercilium, darker grey line through eye, pale nape patch, outer tail barred white; pale grey below, not barred; eye-ring... read more
Male's song an 8-note whistle on ascending scale (second note lower); female a hoarse whistle. read more
Open forests, woodlands, scrub, spinifex plains, mangroves, gardens; most numerous in drier country... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars and other larvae. Food taken in trees or on the ground.
Breeds Mar–Jun and Sept in N, Aug–Oct in SW Western Australia, Sept–Dec in E Australia. Adult male courtship-feeds female... read more
Resident, migratory, or with erratic movements in most of Australia, where many birds overwinter.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and common, at least locally, though some variation in numbers. This species seems reasonably adaptable, since it occurs in residential... read more
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