Asian Emerald Cuckoo

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

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

Taxonomy:
Monotypic.

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: Little Bronze Cuckoo, Violet Cuckoo, Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, parks and gardens.

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

Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)

Location: There are only three accepted sightings in Singapore. The first was two subadults photographed at Fort Siloso, Sentosa between December 2017 and January 2018. The second was along a canal at Ghim Moh from late March to early April 2020. The third was a female at Pulau Ubin in March 2021.

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

References:
BirdLife International. (2018). Chrysococcyx maculatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.