BRUSH CUCKOO FACTS
The Brush Cuckoo is a fairly small cuckoo. Adults are brownish grey above with pale reddish brown underside. It has grey eye ring and the tail is white tipped, but not edged with white marks like some other cuckoo species. Young birds are brown above barred with lighter brown, and white below, barred with brown. Adults are similar to the adult Fan-tailed Cuckoo which is larger, darker grey above, and has yellow eye ring and white barred tail.
found in range of habitats including rainforest, wet forest, dry forest, open woodland
insects and caterpillars
lays its eggs in nests of other species of birds. Often uses the nest of a flycatcher as host. The cuckoo chick pushes other eggs and chicks out of the nest. To get the undivided attention of the host.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Brush Cuckoo|
Relatives in same Genus
Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo (C. castaneiventris)
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (C. flabelliformis)