This species is about 27 cm long and weighs 40 g. The adult is mainly chestnut, with a greyish lower belly, browner tail and white tips to the tail feathers. The bill is yellow, short, and decurved; the eye iris is red. Immature birds are dark brown with a black bill and no white tail tips.
The Little Cuckoo makes harsh. chek and kak call as it forages in low branches for insects. This is a shy species which tends to keep to cover.
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