Channel-billed Cuckoo

Scythrops novaehollandiae

Order

CUCULIFORMES

Family

Cuckoos, Roadrunners and Anis (Cuculidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

SCYNOV

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Channel-billed Cuckoo has a large breeding range of around one million square kilometers. This large cuckoo species breeds in northern and eastern Australia and parts of eastern Indonesia. It migrates to New Guinea and nearby islands as well as Palau duringh the winter months. This cuckoo occurs in a variety of forested habitats. Although the size of the population is unknown, it is believed to be large enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Channel-billed Cuckoo: Large gray cuckoo with straw colored tip on black-gray bill. Slate gray back, medium-gray head and breast, and white-gray belly and vent. Red around eye. Long, pointed wings with black spots. Long tail with black tip. Female has more barring below and smaller bill. Juvenile has smaller bill and buff edging to feathers in wings.


Range and Habitat

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Channel-billed Cuckoo SONGS AND CALLS

Channel-billed Cuckoo MM1

Typical call is a loudly repeated "kauk".

Channel-billed Cuckoo MM2

Rapid, high-pitched "auk-auk-auk" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"gaak"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Its Genus name come from Ancient Greek: skuthro - "angry, sullen," and ops - "face, eye, countenance."
  • The Channel-billed Cuckoo was originally described by British naturalist John Latham in 1790.
  • This species is both the largest cuckoo and the largest brood parasite in the world.
  • A group of cuckoos is collectively known as an "asylum", a "cooch" and a "family" of cuckoos.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
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