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Species of Thailand

Little bronze cuckoo

Chrysococcyx minutillus

John Gould, 1859

In Thai: นกคัคคูสีทองแดง

The little bronze cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus) is a species of cuckoo in the family Cuculidae. It is found in Southeast Asia, New Guinea and northern and eastern Australia, where its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest. It is the world's smallest cuckoo, at 17 g and 15 cm. The subspecies rufomerus and crassirostris are sometimes given specific status.


Subspecies accepted by the International Ornithologists' Union as of 2014 are:

  • C. m. peninsularis S.A.Parker, 1981 – southern Thailand and the Malay Peninsula
  • C. m. albifrons (Junge, 1938) – Sumatra and western Java
  • C. m. aheneus (Junge, 1938) – Borneo and the southern Philippines
  • C. m. jungei (Stresemann, 1938) – Sulawesi, Flores and Madu Island
  • C. m. rufomerus Hartert, 1900 (green-cheeked bronze cuckoo) – Lesser Sunda Islands
  • C. m. crassirostris (Salvadori, 1878) (pied bronze cuckoo) – considered by some authorities as a separate species. Found on Babar, Kai and Tanimbar Islands
  • C. m. salvadorii (Hartert & Stresemann, 1925) – Babar Islands
  • C. m. misoriensis (Salvadori, 1876) – Biak (Schouten Islands)
  • C. m. poecilurus G.R.Gray, 1862 – coastal New Guinea and northern Queensland
  • C. m. minutillus Gould, 1859 – northern Australia
  • C. m. barnardi Mathews, 1912 – eastern Australia
  • C. m. russatus Gould, 1868 – (Gould's bronze cuckoo) - formerly considered by some authorities as a separate species. Found in north-eastern Australia, New Guinea

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Chrysococcyx minutillus

Common names

  • Thai: นกคัคคูสีทองแดง


  • Chrysococcyx minutillus aheneus, George Christoffel Alexander Junge, 1938

    Range: Borneo and the southern Philippines

  • Chrysococcyx minutillus albifrons, George Christoffel Alexander Junge, 1938

    Range: Sumatra and western Java

  • Chrysococcyx minutillus barnardi, Gregory Macalister Mathews, 1912

    Range: Eastern Australia

  • Chrysococcyx minutillus crassirostris, Tommaso Salvadori, 1878

    Common name: Pied bronze cuckoo

    Range: Maluku and Tanimbar Islands

  • Chrysococcyx minutillus jungei, Erwin Stresemann, 1938

    Range: Sulawesi, Flores and Madu Island

  • Chrysococcyx minutillus minutillus, Gould, 1859

    Range: Northern Australia

  • Chrysococcyx minutillus misoriensis, Tommaso Salvadori, 1876

    Range: Biak (Schouten Islands)

  • Chrysococcyx minutillus peninsularis, S. A. Parker, 1981

    Range: Southern Thailand and the Malay Peninsula

  • Chrysococcyx minutillus poecilurus, George Robert Gray, 1862

    Range: Coastal New Guinea and northern Queensland

  • Chrysococcyx minutillus rufomerus, Ernst Johann Otto Hartert, 1900

    Common name: Green-cheeked bronze cuckoo

    Range: Lesser Sunda Islands

  • Chrysococcyx minutillus salvadorii, Ernst Johann Otto Hartert & Erwin Stresemann, 1925

    Range: Babar Islands

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Range Map

Distribution map of Little bronze cuckoo, Chrysococcyx minutillus in Thailand
  • Ao Phang-Nga National Park
  • Bang Lang National Park
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Hat Chao Mai National Park
  • Hat Yai District, Songkhla
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khanom District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khura Buri District, Phang Nga
  • La-ngu District, Satun
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Mueang Pattani District, Pattani
  • Mueang Phang Nga District, Phang Nga
  • Mueang Satun District, Satun
  • Mueang Surat Thani District, Surat Thani
  • San Kala Khiri National Park
  • Sri Phang-nga National Park
  • Yan Ta Khao District, Trang
Range map of Chrysococcyx minutillus in Thailand