Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo
Female, back
Black Eared Cuckoo
Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites basalis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Cuckoos (Cuculiformes)
Family: Cuckoo (Cuculidae)
Species: Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites basalis)
This Photo:     Size, compared to Female Hooded Robin
Synonym: Chrysococcyx basalis
Other names: Horsefield's or Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
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.

Similar Species: Shining Bronze-cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus) : Black Eared Cuckoo (Chalcites osculans)

Copyright © 2014-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Sep-2014
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)