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  Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus)





Shining Bronze-Cuckoo | Chrysococcyx lucidus photo
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo Chrysococcyx lucidus Dayboro, SE Queensland

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Shining Bronze-Cuckoo grows to only 17 cm in length. It is metallic green above and white cheeks and the underside is pale barred with coppery brown. The bill is black and the feet are black with yellow undersides. The bill is slender. The underside of the tail is black.

Size
17 cm

Habitat
Forest, open woodlands, parks and gardens.

Food
insects and caterpillars

Breeding
Shining Bronze-cuckoos do not build nests. The female lay eggs in the dome-shaped nests of various Gerygone species and other species such as thornbills, fairy wrens and scrub wrens.

Range
It is a summer visitor to Australia where it is found in eastern Queensland, eastern New South Wales, Victoria, eastern South Australia, Tasmania and south west of Western Australia. Also found in Indonesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

distribution map showing range of Chrysococcyx lucidus 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:Chrysococcyx
Species:lucidus
Common Name:Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Relatives in same Genus
  Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (C. basalis)
  Little Bronze-Cuckoo (C. minutillus)
  Black-eared Cuckoo (C. osculans)