French: Coucou oreillard German: Schwarzohrkuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo orejinegro
New South Wales, Australia.
Australia; non-breeding visitor to Moluccas, E Lesser Sundas, Aru Is and S New Guinea.
20 cm; 30 g. Adult grey above with slight metallic gloss, long white supercilium, broad black band through eye, pale rump, tail grey with white tip; creamy buff below; eye-... read more
Descending low whistle, “peeeer”.
Open scrub, dry woodlands, mallee, mulga, saltflats, waterside forests and thickets; rare in... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly caterpillars, also beetles; seeds. Forages in shrubs and on ground; flight swift and direct.
Breeds Jun–Oct in W, Aug–Dec in E. Brood-parasitic: hosts small Australian warblers, e.g. Redthroat (Pyrrholaemus brunneus... read more
Migratory or nomadic, breeding in response to rains. Breeds mainly S of Tropic of Capricorn.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. A fairly common species in most of its habitats except wet, forested coastal areas, where it is uncommon; sometimes irregular in occurrence, and at... read more
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