Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

White-eared Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites meyerii)


Taxonomy

French: Coucou de Meyer German: Rotschwingen-Bronzekuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo orejiblanco
Taxonomy:

Chrysococcyx meyerii

Salvadori

, 1874,

Hatam, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea

.

Considered to be closely related to C. minutillus (sensu stricto)#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

W Papuan Is (Batanta) and mountains of New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; male 15–19·5 g, female 19–27·4 g. Adult glossy green above, crown green, ear-coverts white forming crescentic mark, female with rufous-... read more

Voice

Song 5–8 high-pitched, clear, plaintive notes, “peer peer peer...”, dropping... read more

Habitat

Inhabits primary and secondary forests, including forest edge, also garden shade trees, mainly in... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and caterpillars in leaves, and sometimes found at hairy caterpillar infestations with C. ruficollis; usually observed in... read more

Breeding

Virtually no information available. Presumably brood-parasitic. Females in breeding condition collected in Jan, Mar and Oct.

Movements

Unknown.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Considered to be generally uncommon, except perhaps locally, but is reasonably widespread and is easily overlooked due to its sluggish behaviour.... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). White-eared Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites meyerii). 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/54820 on 22 June 2017).