General Description

Upperparts pale iridescent brown to bronze-green; top of head duller. Underparts white with broken bronze stripes. Face white with dark-brown stripe through the eye. Tail white underneath with dark brown stripes, upper tail feathers have red-brown (rufous) edges. Males call with a descending trill described as "see-you, see-you". Body up to 17 cm long.


Female Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoos are nest parasites, laying a single egg in a host's nest. Hosts are typically wrens, thornbills and robins.


Mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Forests and woodlands, particularly dry forests and grasslands with scattered dead trees.

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