Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Pallid Cuckoo (Heteroscenes pallidus)


Taxonomy

French: Coucou pâle German: Blasskuckuck Spanish: Cuco pálido
Taxonomy:

Columba pallida

Latham

, 1801,

New South Wales, Australia

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Considered by some authorities to be intermediate in form between genera Cacomantis and Cuculus. Populations of W & N Australia sometimes separated as subspecies occidentalis. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Australia and Tasmania. Winters N to Wallacea.

Descriptive notes

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

Voice

Male's song an 8-note whistle on ascending scale (second note lower); female a hoarse whistle. read more

Habitat

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.

Breeding

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

Movements

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

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2017). Pallid Cuckoo (Heteroscenes pallidus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/54805 on 25 September 2017).