Fan-tailed Cuckoo (species: Cacomantis (Cacomantis) flabelliformis) in Yarrahapinni Wetlands NP (Gaia Guide)
Cacomantis (Cacomantis) flabelliformis
Fan-tailed Cuckoo

©Charlie: Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis (Cacomantis) flabelliformis)

©J.J. Harrison: Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis (Cacomantis) flabelliformis)

©Michael Jefferies: Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis (Cacomantis) flabelliformis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Cuculiformes
Family Cuculidae
Genus Cacomantis
Species Cacomantis (Cacomantis) flabelliformis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

They yellow eye-ring distinguishes it from other similar species.


  • From 24.5 cm to 28.5 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 45 cm and averaging 42 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis (Cacomantis) flabelliformis)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found in Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

Its natural habitats are temperate forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, paddocks, orchards and gardens. The Australian range is from Cape York in Queensland following the coast south to Shark Bay in Western Australia. Along the west coast, its range extends no more than 1000 km inland. In South Australia the range is along the coast except in the south-east corner around Mount Gambier and the Eyre Peninsula. It also inhabits Tasmania. (Wikipedia)


The species in Australia eats a variety of insect and their larvae, fruits and vegetables, small reptiles, mammals and birds, especially bird chicks. (Wikipedia)

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