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  Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo (Cacomantis castaneiventris)





Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo | Cacomantis castaneiventris photo
Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo (Cacomantis castaneiventris) Iron Range NP, Cape York, North Queensland, Australia

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Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo | Cacomantis castaneiventris photo
Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo in Papua New Guinea.

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BIRD FACTS

Description
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.

Size
24cm

Habitat
forest, dry forest, mangroves

Food
insects, larvae such as caterpillars

Breeding
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.?

Range
found in northern parts of Cape York Peninsula. Also found in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Cuculiformes
Family:Cuculidae
Genus:Cacomantis
Species:castaneiventris
Common Name:Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo

Relatives in same Genus
  Fan-tailed Cuckoo (C. flabelliformis)
  Brush Cuckoo (C. variolosus)