Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-throated Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites ruficollis)


Taxonomy

French: Coucou à gorge rousse German: Rothals-Bronzekuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo gorjirrojo
Taxonomy:

Lamprococcyx ruficollis

Salvadori

, 1876,

Hatam, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea

.

Thought to be sister to C. lucidus#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

New Guinea mountains: Vogelkop, Wandammen Mts and Central Ranges.

Descriptive notes

16 cm; male 21 g, 23·5 g (laying female). Adult greenish over nape and upperparts with bronze or purple iridescence, becoming greyer over crown, with forehead, face,... read more

Voice

Song 8–9 identical high-pitched, downslurred whistles, "seeuw-seeuw", uttered at... read more

Habitat

Montane forest, both primary and secondary, as well as edge habitats and subalpine thickets in New... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, mainly caterpillars, also flying insects. Joins mixed-species flocks of foraging birds; sits motionless, staring and peering about... read more

Breeding

No information available. Presumably brood-parasitic. Female with large ovary in Jul.

Movements

Unknown.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Few data are available on relative abundance, but species seems to be uncommon to rare, and local, within its relatively restricted range. Recently... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Rufous-throated Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites ruficollis). 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/54819 on 22 June 2017).