Asian Emerald Cuckoo

This species is defined as a rarity. Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page.

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)

Past accepted records in our database:

Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):

Photos:

External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Asian Emerald Cuckoo)

References:
BirdLife International. (2018). Chrysococcyx maculatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22684000A130087242.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.