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  Black-eared Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx osculans)





Black-eared Cuckoo | Chrysococcyx osculans photo
Black-eared Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx osculans) Immature, Bowra, SW Queensland, Australia

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BLACK-EARED CUCKOO FACTS

Description
The Black-eared Cuckoo is dull grey brown colour. It has a black eye-stripe. The underside is cinnamon brown. the legs and feet are black and the bill is black. the tail is grey brown above wit white tip and barred with cream and brown below. this cuckoo is duller than others in the species and does not have the metallic sheen on the back. young birds are duller in colour with brown eye-stripe.

Size
20 cm

Habitat
forest, mallee, woodland

Food
insects and caterpillars

Breeding
The Black-eared Cuckoo does not build a nest. The female lays a single egg in nest of other species.

Range
found in all mainland states of Australia. Also found in Indonesia and New Guinea

distribution map showing range of Chrysococcyx osculans in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Cuculiformes
Family:Cuculidae
Genus:Chrysococcyx
Species:osculans
Common Name:Black-eared Cuckoo

Relatives in same Genus
  Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (C. basalis)
  Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (C. lucidus)
  Little Bronze-Cuckoo (C. minutillus)