Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo is grey above with bright chestnut coloured breast and belly. It has a dark eye surrounded by pale eye ring. It has some white markings on the tail. Young birds are reddish brown above with paler yellowish brown underside. It is similar in appearance to the Fan-tailed Cuckoo (C. flabelliformis) which has paler breast and more white markings on the tail.
forest, dry forest, mangroves
insects, larvae such as caterpillars
not known to us at time of writing if it breeds in Australia - presumably is parasitic, like other cuckoos, and lays its egg in nest of another species.?
found in northern parts of Cape York Peninsula. Also found in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
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:||Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo|
Relatives in same Genus
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (C. flabelliformis)
Brush Cuckoo (C. variolosus)