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: 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 is only one sighting of a female and immature bird at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park on May 2006.

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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

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