Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo

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Scientific Name: Chrysococcyx basalis

Malay Name: Sewah-Daun Australia

Chinese Name: 霍氏金鹃

Range: Breeds in Australia with some population dispersing northwards during the southern hemisphere winter to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Peninsula Malaysia and Singapore.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 16 cm

Identification: Adult resembles female Little Bronze Cuckoo but has prominent dark-brown eyestripe and contrasting white eyebrow that curve down the sides of the neck, faint brownish streaks on throat, bold barrings at flanks, unbarred belly and rufous-chestnut outertail-feathers.

Similar looking species: Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Violet Cuckoo, Little Bronze Cuckoo

Habitat: Secondary growth, open woodland and grassland near the coast.

Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds mainly on caterpillars and insects, gleaned from branches and foliage. Will also forage on the ground.

Local Status: Very rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past records in our database:

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Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo Chrysococcyx basalis
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak week May 28-Jun 03
Early date 04 Jul 2023
Late date 27 Jun 2015
An austral migrant breeding in Australia. Most birds winter in the Lesser Sundas, and some reach Singapore from Apr to Aug.


BirdLife International. (2016). Chalcites basalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22683982A93009574.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

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

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