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 26 February 2018).

The photographs for this species were not taken in the reserves of interest to the FQPB.

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