Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Little Bronze-cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus) - HBW 4, p. 563

French: Coucou menu German: Kleiner Bronzekuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo Menudo
Other common names: Malay Green Cuckoo, Malay Bronze-cuckoo; Gould's/Rufous Bronze-cuckoo (russatus group); Green-cheeked/Dark-backed Bronze-cuckoo (rufomerus); Pied Bronze-cuckoo, Island Cuckoo (crassirostris)

Taxonomy: Chrysococcyx minutillus Gould, 1859, Port Essington, Northern Territory.
Asian and Australasian forms of Chrysococcyx sometimes placed in genus Chalcites. Species formerly known as C. malayanus, but type of that name was a female of C. xanthorhynchus. Present species might be better considered to constitute more than one species, but the songs of all forms, where known, are apparently identical. While the forms listed are generally allopatric, and all use the same type of host species, the occurrence of two forms (cleis, aheneus) in Borneo suggests possible separate species status: russatus group (aheneus, .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Chrysococcyx minutillus Gould, 1859, Port Essington, Northern Territory.
Asian and Australasian forms of Chrysococcyx sometimes placed in genus Chalcites. Species formerly known as C. malayanus, but type of that name was a female of C. xanthorhynchus. Present species might be better considered to constitute more than one species, but the songs of all forms, where known, are apparently identical. While the forms listed are generally allopatric, and all use the same type of host species, the occurrence of two forms (cleis, aheneus) in Borneo suggests possible separate species status: russatus group (aheneus, jungei, misoriensis, poecilurus, russatus and undescribed race from Timor) sometimes treated as a distinct species from minutillus group (peninsularis, albifrons, cleis, minutillus and barnardi) due to apparent sympatry without interbreeding in Borneo, but this may involve migrant birds, and both forms interbreed extensively in N Australia (russatus with barnardi). Races rufomerus and crassirostris are also often treated as two separate full species, or as races of one distinct species, on grounds of claimed morphological and ecological differences; race salvadorii (known only from type specimen) sometimes considered intermediate between these two, and sometimes included within latter race. Thirteen subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • peninsularis Parker, 1981 - extreme S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
  • albifrons (Junge, 1938) - N Sumatra and W Java.
  • cleis Parker, 1981 - N & E Borneo.

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  • peninsularis Parker, 1981 - extreme S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
  • albifrons (Junge, 1938) - N Sumatra and W Java.
  • cleis Parker, 1981 - N & E Borneo.
  • aheneus (Junge, 1938) - SE Borneo and S Philippines.
  • jungei (Stresemann, 1938) - Sulawesi, Madu and Flores.
  • rufomerus Hartert, 1900 - Lesser Sundas (Romang, Kisar, Leti, Moa, Sermata, Damar).
  • crassirostris (Salvadori, 1878) - Moluccas (Tayandu, Kai) and Tanimbar Is (Yamdena, Larat).
  • salvadorii (Hartert & Stresemann, 1925) - Tepa (Babar Is).
  • misoriensis (Salvadori, 1875) - lowlands on N coast of New Guinea, and islands off E, N & NW coasts.
  • poecilurus G. R. Gray, 1862 - lowlands on S coast of New Guinea, and islands off W & S coasts including Misool.
  • minutillus Gould, 1859 - Moluccas, Lesser Sundas and N Australia, from Kimberley district of NW Australia through Melville I and Arnhem Land to N Queensland (Gulf of Carpenteria to W Cape York).
  • russatus Gould, 1868 - N & E Queensland (Cape York along E coast).
  • barnardi Mathews, 1912 - E Australia (SE Queensland to NE New South Wales).