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  Pallid Cuckoo (Cuculus pallidus)





Pallid Cuckoo | Cuculus pallidus photo
Pallid Cuckoo (Cuculus pallidus) Samsonvale Cemetery, SE Queensland

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Pallid Cuckoo | Cuculus pallidus photo
Pallid Cuckoo (Cuculus pallidus) Kobble Creek SE Queensland

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PALLID CUCKOO FACTS

Description
The Pallid Cuckoo is a large grey cuckoo. It has pale grey head with darker eye stripe and is pale grey on the underside. The male has plain grey back and the female has grey with white spotting. The wings and sides of the tail are dark grey with white spots. There are two forms - the dark rufous and the light rufous, one the main differences is that the dark rufous females have buff colour around the neck and grey streaking on throat, chest and belly. Juveniles are strongly spotted and checkered dark grey and white.

Size
30 cm

Habitat
found in a variety oh habitats throughout the continent including woodland, shrubland, mangroves, farmland, parks and gardens

Food
insects and caterpillars

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

Range
The Pallid Cuckoo is found throughout Australia in all states

distribution map showing range of Cuculus pallidus 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:pallidus
Common Name:Pallid Cuckoo

Relatives in same Genus
  Oriental Cuckoo (C. optatus)
  Fan-tailed Cuckoo (C. pyrrhophanus)