Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo
Male, profile
Ellura
Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo
Male, chestnut tail feathers
 
    
Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Chordate (Chordata) - Bird (Aves)
Order: Cuckoo (Cuculiformes)
Family: Cuckoo (Cuculidae)
Species: Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis)
This Photo:     Male, back
Synonym: Chalcites basalis
Other names: Horsefield's or Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo
Similar Species: Shining Bronze-cuckoo

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
There is no difference between the female & male's back.
The differences shown here are just due to different sun reflections.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee) & in the Adelaide Hills
Regular high-pitched call with brown and white barred breast. Metallic green and bronze back.
Camouflages very well in bushes with its green back.
Very similar to Shining Bronze Cuckoo, but the Horsfields' bars don't meet at the front. The green back is also duller, but that's hard to compare without seeing both.
The males have orange / brown eyes, while the females have off-white eyes.

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Aug-2015
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)