French: Coucou à ailes courtes German: Kurzflügelkuckuck Spanish: Cuco alicorto
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. micropterus
Gould, 1838 – Kashmir and Himalayan foothills S through India to Sri Lanka, and E through Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and N Indochina to E & NE China (including Hainan), Korea and Russian Far East; winters S to Andaman and Nicobar Is, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo and Philippines.
C. m. concretus
S. Müller, 1845 – S Indochina and Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Java and Borneo.
32–33 cm; 119 g. Adult male dark slate-grey above, back tinged brownish, tail barred white at sides and with broad black subterminal band; pale ashy and white below... read more
Loud, flute-like, hollow 4-note whistle, final note lower-pitched, “orange-pekoe” or “crossword... read more
Deciduous and evergreen forests, second growth, dry country. Lowlands to hills at 2000 m, sometimes... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly hairy caterpillars, also butterflies, grasshoppers, ants; fruit. Forages in high canopy, but sometimes feeds on ground.
Calls May–Jul in India, Jan–May in Sri Lanka, Jan–Aug in Malaysia. Brood-parasitic: hosts in India drongos, e.g. Black... read more
Resident in S part of range. Summer visitor in N of range and in most of temperate Asia; passage... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout year in Thailand; widespread in Myanmar, where it appears to be more numerous in the higher hills. Uncommon in Sumatra and... read more
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