Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Indian Cuckoo (Cuculus micropterus)


Taxonomy

French: Coucou à ailes courtes German: Kurzflügelkuckuck Spanish: Cuco alicorto
Taxonomy:

Cuculus micropterus

Gould

, 1838,

Himalayas

.

Proposed races ognevi (Ussuriland) and fatidicus (Assam) are regarded as synonymous with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Loud, flute-like, hollow 4-note whistle, final note lower-pitched, “orange-pekoe” or... read more

    Habitat

    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.

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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

    Recommended citation

    Payne, R. (2017). Indian Cuckoo (Cuculus micropterus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/54798 on 19 September 2017).