French: Coucou violet German: Amethystkuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo violeta
Subspecies and Distribution
C. x. xanthorhynchus
(Horsfield, 1821) –
NE India, SE Bhutan#R and NE Bangladesh#R E to Myanmar, SC China (Yunnan), Thailand and Indochina, and S through Andamans, Nicobars, and Malay Peninsula to Greater Sundas and SW Philippines (Palawan).
C. x. amethystinus
(Vigors, 1831) – Philippines (Luzon, Mindoro, Catanduanes, Samar, Cebu, Leyte#R, Mindanao, Basilan).
16 cm; 21 g. Adult male glossy violet above and on head, tail blackish with white tip, outer feathers barred; chin to upper breast bright violet, belly white with broad black... read more
A “che-wick”, often in flight; also shrill descending trill preceded by a triple note “seer-se-seer... read more
Secondary evergreen forests, deciduous forest, forest edge, orchards, gardens, mangroves, rubber... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including caterpillars, flies, ants, beetles; also fruit. Creeps up and down branches, also flycatches; usually perches motionless.
Brood-parasitic: hosts in India thought to be mainly sunbirds (Aethopyga) and spiderhunters (Arachnothera). Eggs unknown.
Resident or migratory. N populations including those in Assam and Bangladesh, appear to be... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Vulnerable to deforestation throughout its range. In breeding season, widespread but scarce in Myanmar, and uncommon in Thailand; reportedly not... read more
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