Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo

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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: 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: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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Past accepted records in our database:

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

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.