Scientific Name: Chrysococcyx minutillus
Malay Name: Sewah-Kilat 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
Identification: 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
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 (IUCN 3.1)
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.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia