Horsfield’s Bronze-CuckooScientific name: Chalcites basalis

Meaning of name: Chalcites is Greek for bronze. Basalis is Latin for basal or of the base. It refers to the chestnut bases of the outer rectrices (tail feathers).

Aboriginal name: Djorit (chore’eet).

Distribution: Widespread across Australia.

Description: Up to 16cm long with a 29cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 9km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in October 1983, 3 years after being banded (information as at 20 June 2012).

Why are there no photographs for this bird?

Birds are notoriously difficult to photograph. They don’t let you get close enough and then they fly away! We know that this bird species occurs in this area because we’ve seen them. But seeing them and photographing them are two different things. If you have photographs of this bird species that you would like to share with us please contact us through the ‘contact’ tab at the top of the page.

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2  http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/76-publications-and-resources/103-conservation-science-wa-journal

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html