Other Cuckoo species

The Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo may be found throughout Australia in lightly wooded habitats.

The Shining Bronze-Cuckoo is more common in wetter coastal regions and rainforest.

The Brush Cuckoo is found across northern Australia from the Kimberley region to the east coast, down to Victoria.

The Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo and the Shining Bronze-Cuckoo choose similar bird species to incubate and raise their young. Bird species chosen include species that build dome nests such as Fairy-wrens and Thornbills, but may also choose open cup nests of other species.

The Brush Cuckoo mainly chooses Flycatchers, Robins, Fairy-wrens, Gerygones and Honeyeaters.

All three species lay a single egg in the nest of their chosen host species.  Once the chick has hatched it forces the other eggs or chicks out of the nest.

All three species feed primarily on insects and larvae, hairy caterpillars being a particular favourite.