Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

White-eared Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites meyerii)


French: Coucou de Meyer German: Rotschwingen-Bronzekuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo orejiblanco

Chrysococcyx meyerii


, 1874,

Hatam, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


Considered to be closely related to C. minutillus (sensu stricto)#R. Monotypic.


W Papuan Is (Batanta) and mountains of New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; male 15–19·5 g, female 19–27·4 g. Adult glossy green above, crown green, ear-coverts white forming crescentic mark, female with rufous-... read more


Song 5–8 high-pitched, clear, plaintive notes, “peer peer peer...”, dropping... read more


Inhabits primary and secondary forests, including forest edge, also garden shade trees, mainly in... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and caterpillars in leaves, and sometimes found at hairy caterpillar infestations with C. ruficollis; usually observed in... read more


Virtually no information available. Presumably brood-parasitic. Females in breeding condition collected in Jan, Mar and Oct.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Considered to be generally uncommon, except perhaps locally, but is reasonably widespread and is easily overlooked due to its sluggish behaviour.... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). White-eared Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites meyerii). 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 29 February 2020).