Asian Emerald Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Chrysococcyx maculatus
Malay Name: Sewah-Zamrud Asia
Chinese Name: 翠金鹃

Found from Indian subcontinent to southern China and northern Indochina with some population wintering to southern Indochina, Thai-Malay Peninsula and Sumatra.


Size: 17 cm

Identification: Distinguished from other male Chrysococcyx cuckoos of Singapore by the glossy golden-tinged emerald-green plumage with white bars on lower breast to vent and dark-tipped yellowish bill. Female has rufous crown/nape and coppery-green wings and tail. Juvenile resembles female but less green above with some dark and buff bars on crown to mantle.

Similar looking species: Violet Cuckoo, Little Bronze Cuckoo, Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, parks and gardens.

Ecology/Behaviour: Frequents the canopy and crown of tall trees.

Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: There are only two accepted sightings in Singapore. The first was a female and immature bird at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park on May 2006 while the second was two subadults photographed at Fort Siloso, Sentosa between December 2017 and January 2018.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia