French: Coucou éclatant German: Bronzekuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo broncíneo
J. F. Gmelin
Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand
Subspecies and Distribution
C. l. plagosus
(Latham, 1801) – Golden Bronze-cuckoo – Australia, Tasmania; migrates to New Guinea region, N Melanesia and Lesser Sundas.
C. l. harterti
Mayr, 1932 – Rennell Bronze-cuckoo – Bellona I and Rennell I (S Solomons).
C. l. layardi
(Mathews, 1912) – New Caledonian Bronze-cuckoo – Santa Cruz Is, Banks Is, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Loyalty Is.
C. l. lucidus
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – Shining Bronze-cuckoo – New Zealand, Norfolk I and Chatham Is; winters Solomons and other islands in SW Pacific#R.
17 cm; 23 g, but up to 50 g before migration. Adult bronze-green above, tail green, face variably whitish (including lores); white below, barred greenish to bronze, throat... read more
Series of upslurred whistled notes like those used to call a dog, “feee, feee, feee ...... read more
Forest, woodland, scrub, mainly areas with more than 380 mm of rainfall; sea-level to 1000 m. In... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly caterpillars. Forages in tree and shrub canopy, also on ground. Joins mixed-species flocks of insectivorous resident... read more
Breeds Jul to early Dec in Queensland, Oct–Dec in Western Australia. Brood-parasitic: hosts in New Zealand, Grey Warbler (... read more
Migrant and partial migrant. Nominate lucidus breeding in Australia and New Zealand is a... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in areas of wooded country in New Zealand and Australia. Breeding densities in Australian eucalypt woodland calculated at c. 1 bird/km... read more
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