French: Coucou présageur German: Fratzenkuckuck Spanish: Cuco tucán
Scythrops novæ Hollandiæ
New South Wales, Australia.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. n. fordi
Mason, 1996 – Sulawesi, Banggai Is, Sula Is and Tukangbesi Group.
S. n. novaehollandiae
Latham, 1790 – Moluccas (Buru), Lesser Sundas (Flores, Sumba) and N & E Australia; winters in lowland New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago and neighbouring islands, and perhaps E parts of Wallacea.
S. n. schoddei
Mason, 1996 – Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain, Duke of York)#R#R.
60 cm; male 604 g, female 623 g. The largest brood-parasitic bird. Adult grey above with black spots, head grey, tail grey with subterminal black band and white tip; light... read more
Loud, raucous, repeated hoarse “gaak”, also a rapidly repeated high nasal series, and a... read more
Canopy trees at edge of forest or along river, other open woodlands with tall trees and especially... read more
Food and feeding
Fruit, especially figs; also insects, including stick insects, beetles and locusts. Young in nest of currawongs (Strepera) are... read more
Breeds Feb–Jun in N Sulawesi, Oct–Nov in SE Australia, Nov–Jan in Kimberley Division, Oct–Jan in Queensland.... read more
Migratory and seasonal in Australia, where appears first on N coast; passage migrant through Torres... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon in much of its range in Australia, and scarce in Northern Territory. Abundant in New Britain in winter. Noisy and... read more
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