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Brown Cuckoo-Dove - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Hans&Judy Beste
Gold Coast, Hinterland, Queensland, April 2012
Macropygia phasianella


Photo by Hans&Judy Beste
Yarraman, Queensland, February 2018

39–45 cm (15¼-17¾ in)

  • Rust brown plumage
  • Rose or green tint to neck
  • Pale eye streak
  • Red eyering
  • Blue-grey iris
  • Chestnut cap
  • Red legs and feet
  • Long tail


Coastal eastern Australia (Cape York to eastern Victoria).


This is a monotypic species[1].
It was formerly considered conspecific with Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove under the name Macropygia amboinensis.
Two subspecies, quinkan and robinsoni are not generally recognised[2].


Scrubland and rainforest; particularly at forest edges, clearings and in secondary forest.



Their main diet consists of seeds and fruit with the addition of some berries.


They build a platform nest from sticks and vines. The single cream white egg is incubated by both parents for 18 days; both parents care for the young.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2016)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Birds in Backyards

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