White-crowned cuckoo

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White-crowned cuckoo
Cacomantis leucolophus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Genus: Cacomantis
Cabanis & Heine, 1863
Species: C. leucolophus
Binomial name
Cacomantis leucolophus
(Müller, 1840)

Caliechthrus leucolophus

The white-crowned cuckoo or white-crowned koel (Cacomantis leucolophus) is a species of cuckoo in the family Cuculidae. It was formerly placed in the monotypic genus Caliechthrus[citation needed] but it has a similar song to cuckoos of the genus Cacomantis and is genetically similar to the pallid cuckoo (Cacomantis pallidus), so most taxonomists place it there.[1] It is found in New Guinea and neighbouring Salawati Island.


  1. ^ Payne, Robert B. (2005) The Cuckoos, Oxford University Press.

2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 24 July 2007.