General Description

Body grey, paler underneath. Bill black and tail dark grey with thin stripes. Yellow ring around the eye and grey stripe on face. Body up to 33 cm long. Pallid Cuckoos call with a series of notes, becoming louder at the end of the call.


Like all Cuckoos, the Pallid Cuckoo is a parasite, laying its eggs in the nests of other birds. This species usually lays its eggs in the nests of honeyeaters, flycatchers and similar birds with cup-shaped nests. They feed on insects, often foraging on the ground.


Pacific Islands, mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Open forests and woodlands.

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