Chrysococcyx osculans

Chrysococcyx osculans

(Black-eared Cuckoo)

FAMILY

Cuculidae

Species

Chrysococcyx osculans

Common name

Black-eared Cuckoo

Main colour

Dull greyish-brown

Distinctive feature

Dull greyish-brown body with distinctive black eye-stripe; body size 19-21 cm long

Campus

Townsville

Description

This cuckoo which forages on insects and will even eat hairy caterpillars, can occasionally be seen in the wooded areas of the campus. The body is greyish-brown above with buff coloured underparts. Tail is grey/brown with white tips, under the tail it is cream with brownish bars. A distinctive feature is the black eye-stripe. Legs and feet black, eyes brown, bill black.