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Oriental Cuckoo

(Cuculus optatus)
Alternate name(s): "Horsfield's Cuckoo", "Blyth's Cuckoo", "Saturated Cuckoo", "Hawk-cuckoo"
Size: 28-33 cm; wing span 51-57 cm
Weight: 75-130 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Oriental Cuckoo at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of a male Oriental Cuckoo; note the absence of any rufous tinge on the foreneck, ruling out an adult female
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Anstead, QLD, March 2018]

FEMALE

Lateral view of an "hepatic" (rufous morphology) female Oriental Cuckoo (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney, NSW, March 2017]

Lateral view of an "hepatic" (rufous morphology) female Oriental Cuckoo (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney, NSW, March 2017]

Near-dorsal view of an "hepatic" (rufous morphology) female Oriental Cuckoo (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney, NSW, March 2017]

Ventral view of an "hepatic" (rufous morphology) female Oriental Cuckoo (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney, NSW, March 2017]

Near-dorsal view of an "hepatic" (rufous morphology) female Oriental Cuckoo in low flight (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney, NSW, March 2017]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-frontal view of an immature Oriental Cuckoo (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, October 2018]

Lateral view of an immature Oriental Cuckoo moulting into adult plumage; note the white fringes of the wing feathers
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Botanical Gardens, Darwin, NT, October 2018]

Near-dorsal view of an immature Oriental Cuckoo moulting into adult plumage; note the white fringes of the wing feathers
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Botanical Gardens, Darwin, NT, October 2018]

Dorsal view of an immature Oriental Cuckoo moulting into adult plumage; note the white fringes of the wing feathers
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Botanical Gardens, Darwin, NT, October 2018]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of a grey-morphology Oriental Cuckoo swallowing an insect (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Botanical Gardens, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

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