Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-throated Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites ruficollis)


French: Coucou à gorge rousse German: Rothals-Bronzekuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo gorjirrojo

Lamprococcyx ruficollis


, 1876,

Hatam, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


Thought to be sister to C. lucidus#R. Monotypic.


New Guinea mountains: Vogelkop, Wandammen Mts and Central Ranges.

Descriptive notes

16 cm; male 21 g, 23·5 g (laying female). Adult greenish over nape and upperparts with bronze or purple iridescence, becoming greyer over crown, with forehead, face,... read more


Song 8–9 identical high-pitched, downslurred whistles, "seeuw-seeuw", uttered at... read more


Montane forest, both primary and secondary, as well as edge habitats and subalpine thickets in New... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, mainly caterpillars, also flying insects. Joins mixed-species flocks of foraging birds; sits motionless, staring and peering about... read more


No information available. Presumably brood-parasitic. Female with large ovary in Jul.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Few data are available on relative abundance, but species seems to be uncommon to rare, and local, within its relatively restricted range. Recently... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Rufous-throated Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites ruficollis). 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 on 21 January 2020).