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Violet cuckoo (male & female)

Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus


The males have glossy violet feathers on the head and upper parts of the body. The blackish tail has a white tip, and barred outer feathers. The most spectacular feature is the brightly iridescent violet chin and upper breast. The belly is white with broad black, green or violet bars. Mature males also have a red eye-ring. The females have mottled, greenish-bronze upper parts and a dark brown crown. There are white markings around the eyes and sometimes on the forehead. The central tail feathers are greenish while the outer feathers are rufous with greenish bars. The outer rectrices are barred black and white. The breast is whitish with bronze-green bars and variably washed rufous markings.


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. It is also seen in gardens,orchards,and rubber plantations.


Taken at La Mesa Dam Spillway area.

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25 Comments (1–25)

maplemoth662 5 years ago

Photo No. 1: is a very beautiful, and a very colorful photo....

Paul Davis
Paul Davis 6 years ago


SaswatMishra 6 years ago

so beautiful !!

bayucca 7 years ago

Wonderful one!!

awesome series Albert,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

CalebSteindel 7 years ago

Belated congrats!

LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Congratulations Albert :)

JoshuaGSmith 7 years ago

This is great! Very well deserved SOTD. The sexual dimorphism in this species is astonishing!

AlbertTamayo 7 years ago

Thank you so much for choosing my photo as SOTD and to everyone for the kind words. I have uploaded a few more pictures of these birds including a portrait of the male VC taken by my 15 year old daughter :)

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Great SOTD Albert!

Francisco Ramírez
Francisco Ramírez 7 years ago

Lovely spotting !!! very nice photo ....

Jellis 7 years ago

Gorgeous pair and shot

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Beautiful capture Albert! Congratulations

SukanyaDatta 7 years ago

Congratulations. Fantastic portrait of Mister and Missus V. Cuckoo.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Congratulations Albert.

AshleyT 7 years ago

Congrats Albert, this awesome encounter has been chosen as Spotting of the Day!



Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

How good to see both.

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago


triggsturner 7 years ago

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

LeanneGardner 7 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Great to have both sexes in the one spot -- lovely spotting ! Thanks for the information.

Archer 07
Archer 07 7 years ago

What a beautiful pair of birds. That's one way to I.D. the males from the females. Nice photo

Beauty !

AshleyT 7 years ago

Great photo as always, Albert! Always enjoy seeing your spottings!

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Spotted on Dec 11, 2015
Submitted on Dec 14, 2015

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