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Black-eared Cuckoo

Chalcites osculans


This beautiful, curious little bird has white eyebrows and a wide, black eye-stripe. The crown seems to be gray extending over the back and wings. The chin, throat chest and body are a creamy kind of colour. There appears to be wide, horizontal, dark gray stripes on the under-tail feathers and the outer-tail feathers are plain dark gray. At first glance I thought this was a young Grey-crowned Babbler. However, I've only ever seen them hanging out in a flock of 6 or more and this little one was alone - so I'm completely unsure what it is.


Found in this tree along the edge of the Mankajarra Wetlands


Thank you Joshua for the verification :) I checked out this site:

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JoshuaGSmith 9 years ago

My pleasure.

armadeus.4 9 years ago

Awesome! Thank you for the verification Joshua!!!

JoshuaGSmith 9 years ago

You got it! This species is not very common in this area, cool find.

armadeus.4 9 years ago

I'm not sure enough to change from Unknown but I was wondering if someone was able to verify if this is a Black-eared Cuckoo (Chalcites osculans)??? It can be found here in the Kimberley region...

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Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Aug 3, 2014
Submitted on Aug 5, 2014

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