Brush Cuckoo

Cacomantis variolosus

Order

CUCULIFORMES

Family

Cuckoos, Roadrunners and Anis (Cuculidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

CACVAR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Brush Cuckoo has a large breeding range that exceeds 3 million square kilometers. This cuckoo species is a resident of the Malay peninsula, throughout much of Indonesia, New Guinea and nearby islands, the Philippines, and northern and eastern Australia. Some birds in Australia migrate north to Indonesia and Palau. This cuckoo occurs in a variety of forested habitats and gardens. Although the size of the population is unknown, it is believed to be large enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Brush Cuckoo: Small cuckoo gray-brown above, gray head, and gray or buff underparts. Fairly long, pointed wings, and long tail black below with white spots. Female like male but paler below with faint barring on breast, or has gray-brown streaks and bars above, and black brown barring below. Juvenile has black brown barring above and below.

 

Range and Habitat

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Brush Cuckoo SONGS AND CALLS

Brush Cuckoo I1

Song is a series of plaintive, descending notes.

Brush Cuckoo E1

Call is a whistled phrase, typically one to three rising then falling notes.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"fear-fear-fear", "where's-the-tea"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Brush Cuckoo was first described in New South Wales, Australia in 1827 by Irish zoologist N. Vigors and American naturalist T. Horsfield.
  • They are a brood parasite and lay their eggs in the nests of other birds. When they hatch, they eject the other eggs from the nest and the host parents feed the young cuckoo.
  • They eat insects, including grasshoppers, beetles, wasps, spiders and snails, but they primarily feed on caterpillars.
  • A group of cuckoos is collectively known as an "asylum", a "cooch" and a "family" of cuckoos.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Yury Lisyak

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