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.
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.
Habitat: Forest, forest edge, parks and gardens.
Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents the canopy and crown of tall trees.
Local Status: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)
Featured reports: Aug 2023
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Asian Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx maculatus Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
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 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Asian Emerald Cuckoo. Retrieved on September 30, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/asian-emerald-cuckoo.