Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Common name
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Scientific name
Chalcites lucidus
Size – beak to tail
16 – 18 cm
Wing span
Birds of the Bluff
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Where to find
Forests, woodlands and gardens.
The  Shining Bronze-Cuckoo is similar to Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo, but it is more brightly marked with iridescent green-brown on the wings, back and neck. The barring on the chest of adult birds is complete, without the central break of the Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo.

The call is a whistle with an upward inflection – similar to a human whistling a dog. They feed mainly on insects and their larvae, especially hairy caterpillars.