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Black-eared Cuckoo

(Chalcites [Chrysococcyx] osculans)
Size: 19-21 cm
Weight: 30 g (average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black-eared Cuckoo at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Lateral view of a Black-eared Cuckoo
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2011]

Black-eared Cuckoo sitting in a White Cedar tree
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, 2005]

The same Black-eared Cuckoo as shown above
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, 2005]

Here the same Black-eared Cuckoo sitting in a paddock
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, 2005]


Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Migratory Elementary unit: Solitary/pair

Food, Diet

Like most other cuckoos, Black-eared Cuckoos are insect hunters. They take their prey from foliage and from the ground. This species has a rare taste for hairy caterpillars that most other bird species dislike.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

blecuck_20150313.mp3 (NW NSW) Contact calls (in-flight) © MD

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