French: Coucou à poitrine rousse German: Rostbauchkuckuck Spanish: Cuco ventricastaño
Cuculus (Cacomantis) castaneiventris
Cape York district, Queensland, Australia.
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. arfakianus
Salvadori, 1889 – W Papuan Is, and W New Guinea from Vogelkop to Weyland and Snow Mts and E to Fly R.
C. c. weiskei
Reichenow, 1900 – E New Guinea (E from Sepik region, Huon Peninsula and upper Purari R).
C. c. castaneiventris
(Gould, 1867) – Aru Is, and NE Australia (Cape York and NE Queensland).
24 cm; 34 g. Adult slate-grey above, bright chestnut below; eye-ring yellow, iris brown, bill black and yellow, feet yellow. Juvenile unbarred dark grey-brown above, tail... read more
Loud 3-note mournful whistled “seei-to-seei”, first note upslurred, second shorter,... read more
Interior of montane forest, rain forest and scrub along riverbanks; also in mangroves, but rare at... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, especially caterpillars. Moves through forest canopy, taking insects; also watches from low perch, and flies to ground; also... read more
Breeds ?Sept/Oct–Dec/Jan in Australia. Brood-parasitic: hosts include Grey-green Scrubwren (Sericornis arfakianus) in New... read more
In most of range resident, and fairly sedentary, including observations around the year in Cape... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Overall status unclear, as very few data available on relative abundance throughout range; species appears to be scarce to rare in Cape York... read more
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