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Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

(Chalcites [Chrysococcyx] lucidus)
Alternate name(s): "Golden Bronze-Cuckoo", "Greenback", "Broad-billed Bronze-Cuckoo"
Aboriginal name(s): "djorit*" (WA)

Size: 16-18 cm
Weight: 17-35 g

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Shining Bronze-Cuckoo at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "plagosus"

This race is also called the "Golden Bronze-Cuckoo".

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male(?) Shining Bronze-Cuckoo foraging on the ground (photo courtesy of A. Campbell)
[Mount McEuen, QLD, November 2016]

Lateral view of a male(?) Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Near Ensay, East Gippsland, VIC, October 2014]

Lateral/ventral view of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo with its prey, a leaf-eating insect; note the grey cap indicative of a male
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, May 2013]

Lateral view of a male Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (photo courtesy of C. Charles)
[Near Coolum, QLD, January 2013]

Lateral view of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo with its wings spread (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, December 2014]

Near-dorsal view of a male Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (photo courtesy of A. Campbell)
[Mount McEuen, QLD, November 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (photo courtesy of A. Campbell)
[Mount McEuen, QLD, November 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo; note the leaf damage in the lower left (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, May 2013]

FEMALE

Near-frontal view of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo - note how the bronze gloss of the cap extends onto the mantle
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, September 2018]

Near-lateral view of a female Shining Bronze-Cuckoo; the bronze cap and golden neck are indicative of a female
(photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, August 2017]

Sex unknown

Frontal/ventral view of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Alpine NP, VIC, October 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Alpine NP, VIC, October 2018]

Lateral view of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Alpine NP, VIC, October 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Lake Careniup, Perth, WA, July 2015]

Dorsal view of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Alpine NP, VIC, October 2018]

Although unfortunately a "classical bum shot" of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, the full-resolution version of this photo shows interesting details of the colour pattern of the bars on the underparts (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Lake Careniup, Perth, WA, July 2015]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a juvenile Shining Bronze-Cuckoo; note the absence of frontal barring (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Kingaroy, QLD, November 2013]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (photo courtesy of R. Russell)
[Mount Molloy, QLD, January 2012]

Lateral view of a juvenile Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (photo courtesy of R. Druce)

The same juvenile Shining Bronze-Cuckoo as shown above (photo courtesy of R. Druce)

Dorsal view of a juvenile Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Kingaroy, QLD, November 2013]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: ? Mobility: Migratory Elementary unit: Solitary

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo using its tail as a prop while foraging for prey in the bark of a tree, giving a clear view of the markings on the tail feathers (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, September 2018]

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo giving a clear view of its upperwing pattern (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, September 2018]

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo in a stretched posture, giving it a very slim appearance (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, September 2018]

Food, Diet

Like other small cuckoos, Shining Bronze-Cuckoos are insectivores.

Frontal view of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo with its prey, a hairy caterpillar (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Cairns, QLD, July 2018]

Lateral view of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo with its prey, a hairy caterpillar (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, September 2018]

Lateral/ventral view of a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo with its prey, a leaf-eating insect; it was seen in the same tree for 3 days, together with a Fan-tailed Cuckoo (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, May 2013]

Same day of the year, one year on; same tree; same kind of grub - same bird? Shining Bronze-Cuckoo with its prey
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, May 2014]

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.

shbcuck_20170607.m4a plagosus (SE QLD) Stand-off between 2 males? © MD

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