Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo

Chalcites basalis

Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoos prefer fairly open woodlands. They are most easily seen in October, when numbers are at their highest. There are virtually no records from April to July. Noisy, begging juveniles have been observed being fed by Superb Fairy-wrens and White-plumed Honeyeaters. These cuckoos were reported more frequently in the early years of the survey but again, like the Pallid Cuckoo, there was an increase in 2007-08.

There are three breeding records of dependent young in late January in 1985 and 1986. Because the young of Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo are difficult to distinguish from those of Shining Bronze-Cuckoos, there is some doubt about the accuracy of these particular sightings. R=83. BR=56.

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