Image: Shining Bronze-cuckoo Illustration

Shining Bronze-cuckoo Illustration

Shining Bronze-cuckoos are birds that live high in the treetops in rainforests and thick eucalypt forests in eastern and south-western Australia. They have fine, straight, pointed beaks and feet with two toes facing forwards and two toes facing backwards. They call with a high-pitched whistle.

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Andrew Howells
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Shining Bronze-cuckoos are birds that live high in the treetops in rainforests and thick eucalypt forests in eastern and south-western Australia. They have fine, straight, pointed beaks and feet with two toes facing forwards and two toes facing backwards. They call with a high-pitched whistle.

Shining Bronze-cuckoos sit in the trees during the day and watch for caterpillars, beetles, flies and ants to eat. They pick their prey items off the ground, leaves or branches and swallow them whole.

Shining Bronze-cuckoos do not build nests. They lay their eggs in the nests of other birds such as thornbills, wrens, flycatchers and honeyeaters. The female lays up to 16 long, pale green to brown eggs. The eggs are laid one at a time in the nests of 16 other birds. The other birds do not notice that they are sitting on a stranger's egg. When the egg hatches the chick is helpless and without feathers. The foster parents feed the chick until it has feathers and is ready to fly in two to three weeks. The foster parents continue to feed the young cuckoo for several weeks after it leaves the nest.

Shining Bronze-cuckoos will lay their eggs in the nests of at least 65 species of birds.

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