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  Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cuculus pyrrhophanus)





Fan-tailed Cuckoo | Cuculus pyrrhophanus photo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Dayboro, SE Queensland, Australia

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Fan-tailed Cuckoo | Cuculus pyrrhophanus photo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

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Fan-tailed Cuckoo | Cuculus pyrrhophanus photo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Grampian National Park, Victoria

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FAN-TAILED CUCKOO FACTS

Description
The Fan-tailed Cuckoo is slate grey above with reddish chest. The eye is black with a yellow ring. The female is similar with duller chest colour. Immatures are buff brown above streaked with darker brown, with grey and brown barred or scaled pattern on chest.

Size
26cm

Habitat
rainforest, dense woodland, open countryside, parks and gardens

Food
insects, larvae, fruit, berries

Breeding
Lays in domed nests of fairy wrens, thornbills, scrubwrens, or sometimes in cup nests of honeyeaters and flycatchers.

Range
eastern Australia from Cape York in Queensland to South Australia and southern parts of Western Australia.

distribution map showing range of Cuculus pyrrhophanus 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:Cuculus
Species:pyrrhophanus
Common Name:Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Relatives in same Genus
  Oriental Cuckoo (C. optatus)
  Pallid Cuckoo (C. pallidus)