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 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.

Past records:

Date Location Description Links
23 Dec 2017 – 3 Jan 2018 Fort Siloso, Sentosa Two female birds eBird
23/3/2020-2/4/2020 Ghim Moh (GPS: 1.310260, 103.786199) One male bird eBird
5/3/2021-8/3/2021 Jln Endut Senin, before Ubin Living Lab, Pulau Ubin One female bird Link


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