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  Oriental Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus)





Oriental Cuckoo | Cuculus optatus photo
Oriental Cuckoo Cuculus optatus Maiala NP, SE Queensland

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Oriental Cuckoo | Cuculus optatus photo
Oriental Cuckoo Cuculus optatus Maiala NP, SE Queensland

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ORIENTAL CUCKOO FACTS

Description
The Oriental Cuckoo is a large cuckoo with bold dark bars on white underside. The male has grey head, back and wings, with underside barred with black on white background. The female has two colour forms. The grey morph is similar to male with pinkish brown neck streaked with dark. The rufous form the upper parts and head are boldly barred in reddish brown and grey. Juveniles have wing and back feathers edged with white giving scalloped appearance, and the head is streaked, with grey and white barring on underside from throat down to belly.

Size
30 cm

Habitat
forest, woodland, riverside trees

Food
insects and caterpillars

Breeding
nests in cup shaped nests of other species such as honeyeaters, flycatchers

Range
The Oriental Cuckoo in eastern New South Wales, eastern Queensland and Cape York Peninsula, and top end of Northern Territory

distribution map showing range of Cuculus optatus 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:optatus
Common Name:Oriental Cuckoo

Relatives in same Genus
  Pallid Cuckoo (C. pallidus)
  Fan-tailed Cuckoo (C. pyrrhophanus)