Little Bronze Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Chrysococcyx minutillus
Malay Name: Sewah-Daun Biasa
Chinese Name: 棕胸金鹃

Found from Southeast Asia to Australia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: peninsularis, albifrons, aheneus, jungei, rufomerus, crassirostris, salvadorii, misoriensis, poecilurus, minutillus, russatus, barnardi.

Local Subspecies: peninsularis

Size: 16 cm

Male has black bill, pale fore-head, dark bars across whitish underparts, bronzy-green mantle and distinctive red eyering. Female resemble male but has duller mantle and eyering. Juvenile resembles female but has browner upperparts and faint or no bars on flanks.

Similar looking species: Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Violet Cuckoo

Habitat: Secondary growth, coastal scrub, mangroves, gardens and parks.

Behaviour/Ecology: Laid single egg in the nest of Golden-bellied Gerygone.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2020)

Location: Japanese/Chinese Gardens, Lorong Halus, Pasir Ris Park, Tampines Eco Green, Jurong Eco Garden, Satay by the Bay, Tuas, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Kranji Marsh.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Little Bronze-Cuckoo)

BirdLife International. (2020). Chalcites minutillus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020. Accessed on 19 December 2021

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