Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) - HBW 4, p. 561

French: Coucou à éventail German: Fächerschwanzkuckuck Spanish: Cuco Flabeliforme
Other common names: Fan-tailed Brush Cuckoo, Ash-coloured Cuckoo

Taxonomy: Cuculus flabelliformis Latham, 1801, Sydney area, New South Wales.
Sometimes placed in Cuculus. Species formerly listed as C. pyrrophanus (or erroneously as C. pyrrhophanus), due to confusion as to which form had been the original model for the painting used as the basis of the name flabelliformis. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • excitus Rothschild & Hartert, 1907 - mountains of New Guinea.
  • flabelliformis (Latham, 1801) - E Australia from Cape York to SE Australia and Tasmania; also SW Western Australia.
  • pyrrophanus (Vieillot, 1817) - New Caledonia and Loyalty Is.

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  • excitus Rothschild & Hartert, 1907 - mountains of New Guinea.
  • flabelliformis (Latham, 1801) - E Australia from Cape York to SE Australia and Tasmania; also SW Western Australia.
  • pyrrophanus (Vieillot, 1817) - New Caledonia and Loyalty Is.
  • schistaceigularis Sharpe, 1900 - Vanuatu.
  • simus (Peale, 1848) - Fiji.