Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Chrysococcyx basalis
Malay Name: Sewah-Daun Australia
Chinese Name: 霍氏金鹃

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


Size: 16 cm

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: 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: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Over a dozen individuals were observed wintering at Punggol Barat between May-June 2015. A single bird was sighted at Seletar Aerospace Drive in May 2017. Three individuals (comprising 2 adults and 1 juvenile) were sighted at Punggol Promenade Nature Walk in June 2018. Other sightings of single birds were recorded at Lorong Halus, Changi Beach, Tuas, Kranji, Marina South, Marina East, Sentosa, Pulau Tekong.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Chalcites basalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.