Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Shining Bronze-cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus) - HBW 4, p. 564

French: Coucou éclatant German: Bronzekuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo Broncíneo
Other common names: Golden Bronze-cuckoo, Shining Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo

Taxonomy: Cuculus lucidus J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand.
Asian and Australasian forms of Chrysococcyx sometimes placed in genus Chalcites. Within present species, Australian birds are sometimes recognized as a separate race, plagosus, with wider bill, more white on side of face, no white on forehead, and more brown or bronze (less green) gloss, but even in Western Australia not all individuals are distinct from birds in New Zealand; both bronze-backed and green-backed birds occur in breeding season in both areas, as do birds with and without white forehead spots. Birds on Malekula I, Vanuatu, described as race aeneus, bu.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Cuculus lucidus J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand.
Asian and Australasian forms of Chrysococcyx sometimes placed in genus Chalcites. Within present species, Australian birds are sometimes recognized as a separate race, plagosus, with wider bill, more white on side of face, no white on forehead, and more brown or bronze (less green) gloss, but even in Western Australia not all individuals are distinct from birds in New Zealand; both bronze-backed and green-backed birds occur in breeding season in both areas, as do birds with and without white forehead spots. Birds on Malekula I, Vanuatu, described as race aeneus, but not morphologically distinct from other populations of the island region. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • harterti (Mayr, 1932) - Rennell I and Bellona I (S Solomons).
  • layardi Mathews, 1912 - New Caledonia and Loyalty Is, Vanuatu, Banks Is and Santa Cruz Is.
  • lucidus (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) - Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand; migrates to New Guinea region, N Melanesia and Lesser Sundas.