Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Asian Emerald Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx maculatus)


Taxonomy

French: Coucou émeraude German: Prachtkuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo esmeralda asiático
Taxonomy:

Trogon maculatus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

Sri Lanka

.

Thought to be closest to C. xanthorhynchus#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Himalayas from about Garhwal E through Nepal, Bhutan, NE India, Bangladesh and S China (SE Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Hubei, Guizhou, Guangxi, Hainan), S to Myanmar, NW Thailand, N Laos and N & C Vietnam. Winters S to S India, Sri Lanka, Andaman and Nicobar Is, Indochina and Malay Peninsula, apparently small numbers reaching Sumatra.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; 23–30 g. Adult male glossy green above and from chin to upper breast, belly white with green and bronze bars, underside of wing with white band; eye-... read more

Voice

A “chweek” in flight; a trill; also loud whistled twitters.

Habitat

Dense evergreen forests, broadleaf secondary forest, outside breeding season also sometimes... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, feeding on ants, caterpillars, bugs. Forages mainly in tree canopy, often taking prey on the wing.

Breeding

Breeds Apr–Jul. Brood-parasitic: hosts Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) and Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera... read more

Movements

Resident or partially migratory in India, but details uncertain; nomadic and local migrant, as are... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Scarce in Nepal and probably elsewhere in NW of range; similarly scarce in Myanmar, and uncommon in Thailand. Overall situation... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2017). Asian Emerald Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx maculatus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54821 on 20 November 2017).