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White-crowned Cuckoo

Cacomantis leucolophus

The White-crowned Cuckoo, known scientifically as Cacomantis leucolophus, is a captivating species of cuckoo belonging to the family Cuculidae. It is distinguished by its notable white crown, which provides a stark contrast to its otherwise subdued plumage.

Identification Tips

When observing the White-crowned Cuckoo, look for its defining white crown, which is its most prominent feature. The bird's overall coloration is less conspicuous, allowing it to blend seamlessly into its surroundings.


This species thrives in the lush environments of New Guinea and the neighboring Salawati Island, where the dense foliage provides ample cover and resources.


The White-crowned Cuckoo's range is primarily confined to New Guinea and Salawati Island, indicating a preference for the region's unique ecosystem.


The White-crowned Cuckoo exhibits behaviors typical of cuckoos, including its song, which is similar to that of other members within the genus Cacomantis.

Song & Calls

The song of the White-crowned Cuckoo is characteristic of the Cacomantis genus, suggesting a shared vocal repertoire that resonates through the forests of its habitat.

Similar Species

Taxonomists have noted the genetic and acoustic similarities between the White-crowned Cuckoo and the Pallid Cuckoo (Cacomantis pallidus), which may be considered when trying to differentiate between species.

Conservation status

The IUCN has classified the White-crowned Cuckoo as Least Concern, indicating that, for now, the species does not face immediate threats to its survival.

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