birding-aus RE:Golden Bronze-Cuckoo

Subject: birding-aus RE:Golden Bronze-Cuckoo
From: Rohan Clarke <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 14:35:18 +1000
Hi all,
Tony wrote
Pizzey's old book shows Golden Bronze-cuckoo, Broad-billed Cuckoo, and
Green Back as alternate names for the Shining Bronze-cuckoo ( Chrysococcyx
lucidus).   See P 198, item 370  

Golden Bronze-Cuckoo isn't just another name for the ANY Shining
Bronze-Cuckoo it actually refers to the Australian subspecies Chrysococcyx
lucidus plagosus which can be separated in the field from the New Zealand
subspecies C. lucidus lucidus. Just as Yellow Rosella equals Crimson
Rosella, and Black-backed Magpie and White-backed Magpie equal Australian
Magpie etc etc. Not surprisingly the Aust bird displays more golden-bronze
on the breast bars, head, neck and back c.f. the more uniform green of the
New Zealand bird (the later occurring on the east coast of Aust over
No doubt HANZAB would have more info.
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