French: Coucou à éventail German: Fächerschwanzkuckuck Spanish: Cuco flabeliforme
Sydney area, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. f. excitus
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1907 – mountains of New Guinea.
C. f. meeki
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1902 – Solomon Is (Santa Isabel, Kolombangara, Guadalcanal, Bellona; possibly non-breeder on Malaita, Makira and Rennell).
C. f. schistaceigularis
Sharpe, 1900 – Vanuatu.
C. f. pyrrophanus
(Vieillot, 1817) – New Caledonia and Loyalty Is.
C. f. simus
(Peale, 1848) – Fiji.
C. f. flabelliformis
(Latham, 1801) – E Australia from Cape York to SE Australia and Tasmania; also SW Western Australia.
26 cm; 44 g. Adult slate-grey above, tail wedge-shaped, notched white on outer webs; throat grey, breast buff to rufous, undertail with whitish bars (“notching”... read more
Descending trill, “peeeeer”, also a rising whistle, “p-whee”; female gives... read more
Mainly tall open forests, rainforest, also open woodlands, roadsides, mangroves, heath. In New... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly caterpillars, also centipedes, spiders. Forages in foliage, also hawks flying moths and ants.
Breeds Aug–Dec in Australia, Nov–Feb in Fiji. Male courtship-feeds female. Brood-parasitic: hosts mainly domed-nest species,... read more
Resident in tropics, elsewhere partially migratory or nomadic. Tasmanian breeders move N to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. A common species in much of its range and the most numerous cuckoo in parts of E Australia. Population densities in Australian eucalypt woodland are... read more
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