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Little Bronze Cuckoo Chalcites minutillus peninsularis   - Juvenile with foster parent
Little Bronze Cuckoo
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Johore Bahru, Johore, Malaysia
Date : 28 October 2018
English synonyms:Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Malayan Bronze Cuckoo (aheneus, albifrons, peninsularis), Malayan Bronze-Cuckoo (aheneus, albifrons, peninsularis), Malaysian Bronze Cuckoo (aheneus, albifrons, peninsularis), Malaysian Bronze-Cuckoo (aheneus, albifrons, peninsularis), Malay Bronze Cuckoo (aheneus, albifrons, peninsularis), Malay Bronze-Cuckoo (aheneus, albifrons, peninsularis), Malay Cuckoo (aheneus, albifrons, peninsularis), Malay Green Cuckoo (aheneus, albifrons, peninsularis), Gould's Bronze Cuckoo (jungei, poecilurus), Gould's Bronze-cuckoo (jungei, poecilurus), Green-cheeked Bronze Cuckoo (rufomerus), Green-cheeked Bronze-cuckoo (rufomerus), Dark-backed Bronze Cuckoo (rufomerus), Dark-backed Bronze-cuckoo (rufomerus), Banda Bronze Cuckoo (rufomerus, salvadorii), Banda Bronze-cuckoo (rufomerus, salvadorii)
Bird Family :Cuculidae - Old World Cuckoos, Koels & Malkohas
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Observed a juvenile Little Bronze Cuckoo being fed by two Golden-bellied Gerygones. Some features of the juvenile. There are bars on the flanks and side of the breast (chevron makings on flank). In good light there is grey-brown on the sides of the face and neck. The forehead is pale. The eye ring is a light green-yellow and the iris is a rich brown. The base of the lower mandible/bill appears lighter and more red-orange (possibly the oral cavity colour reflected through the mandible?). There is some olive-green bronze plumage on the wings.
Taxonomic Notes :Note that the subspecies russatus is sometimes considered a separate species Gould's Bronze Cuckoo Chalcites russatus or Chalcites poecilurus. Further study needed.

The subspecies rufomerus has been sometimes treated as a separate species Green-cheeked Bronze Cuckoo Chalcites rufomerus.

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