Scientific Name: Chrysococcyx basalis
Malay Name: Sewah-Kilat 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
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: 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 (IUCN 3.1)
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. Other sightings of single bird were recorded at Lorong Halus, Changi Beach, Tuas, Kranji, Marina South, Marina East, Sentosa, Pulau Tekong.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore