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Black-eared Cuckoo

(Chalcites [Chrysococcyx] osculans)
Size: 19-21 cm
Weight: 25-38 g
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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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Near-lateral view of a Black-eared Cuckoo
[Eulah Creek, NSW, August 2018]

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

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

Lateral view of a Black-eared Cuckoo sitting in a paddock
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, 2005]

Near-dorsal view of a Black-eared Cuckoo
[Eulah Creek, NSW, August 2018]

Dorsal view of a Black-eared Cuckoo
[Eulah Creek, NSW, August 2018]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: ? Mobility: Migratory Elementary unit: Solitary

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.

Call(s)/Song

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 (male? in-flight) © MD
blecuck_20180810_1.m4a (NW NSW) Contact call (female)?; response by Jacky Winter © MD
blecuck_20180810.m4a (NW NSW) Arrival (female)?; response by Jacky Winter © MD

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