Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Long-billed Cuckoo (Chalcites megarhynchus)


Taxonomy

French: Coucou à long bec German: Langschnabelkuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo piquilargo
Taxonomy:

Cuculus megarhynchus

G. R. Gray

, 1858,

Aru Islands

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Previously placed in monotypic genus Rhamphomantis, but genetic data group it with members of present genus#R; has alternatively been included in Chrysococcyx. Proposed race sanfordi (Waigeo) known only from one female specimen, apparently similar to others on mainland New Guinea; juvenile and subadult plumages of this species have only recently begun to be understood, and race sanfordi probably best rejected meantime. Monotypic.

Distribution:

W Papuan Is (Waigeo, Misool), Aru Is and New Guinea (Vogelkop and interior of N coast E to Kumusi R; also upper Fly R and Port Moresby area).

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 31 g. Adult male dark brown above, head black, dull greyish brown below; eye-ring and iris red, long bill black with drooping tip. Female dark cinnamon above, head... read more

Voice

Loud, distinct trill, a descending series of evenly spaced notes, lasting 4 sec, and repeated at... read more

Habitat

Tall forests (c. 70 m high) and openings in them; occurs in lowlands.

Food and feeding

Insects, mainly caterpillars, also flying ants. Gleans prey from foliage, branches or bark.

Breeding

Unknown. Female with egg in oviduct ready to lay in Sept.

Movements

Unknown.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Species is generally rare and local; because of its restricted range, it has in the past been considered near-threatened. Extensive research required... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2017). Long-billed Cuckoo (Chalcites megarhynchus). 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/54827 on 17 November 2017).