French: Coucou de Sonnerat German: Sonneratkuckuck Spanish: Cuco bayo
North Cachar Hills, India
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. sonneratii
(Latham, 1790) – India, Nepal and Bhutan through Bangladesh and Myanmar to S China (Yunnan), Thailand and Indochina, and Peninsular Malaysia; recorded also in SW Guangxi (Nonggang National Natural Reserve)#R, in S China.
C. s. waiti
(E. C. S. Baker, 1919) – Sri Lanka.
C. s. fasciolatus
(S. Müller, 1843) – Sumatra, Borneo, and Palawan (SW Philippines).
C. s. musicus
(Ljungh, 1804) – Java; also recorded in Bali#R.
22–24 cm; 27·9–34·9 g. Adult bright rufous or bay above, barred with brown, whitish supercilium, white line under eye, tail rufous with subterminal... read more
A shrill rhythmic 4-note “smoke-yer-pepper”, faster and more plaintive than in ... read more
Open or dense broadleaf forest, deciduous and evergreen, forest edge, secondary scrub, cultivated... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, especially caterpillars (Pieridae, Notodontidae, Arctiidae), but also bugs and grasshoppers.
Breeding season in India varies with that of its hosts, Feb–Aug; in Sri Lanka young in Jun and Oct; in Malaysia sings Jan–May.... read more
Resident in SE Asia, e.g. in Borneo, Thailand and Malay Peninsula, but partially migratory in India... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common or fairly common in much of its range, for example in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Peninsular Malaysia and Greater Sundas, but uncommon in Nepal and... read more
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