Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo (Clamator coromandus)


French: Coucou à collier German: Koromandelkuckuck Spanish: Críalo oriental

Cuculus coromandus


, 1766,

Coromandel, India




N India and Nepal E to S & E China (including Hainan) and Indochina, S to S Myanmar (Tenasserim). Winters S to S India and Sri Lanka, and Greater Sundas.

Descriptive notes

38–46 cm; 66·4–86 g. Adult metallic glossy black above, black spiky crest, narrow white nape-band, wings chestnut, tail black; chin to upper breast rusty,... read more


Noisy during breeding season, but apparently silent in non-breeding season in India and Thai-Malay... read more


Thick, low vegetation in wooded country, swamp forest and riparian woodland in Assam, scrub and... read more

Food and feeding

Large insects, mainly caterpillars, beetles, mantids, ants and large orthopterans, also spiders and small fruits. Unpalatable stomach... read more


Breeds in rains: in India Apr–Aug (mostly May–Jun), in Bangladesh Mar–Aug and in Myanmar mainly Mar–May (second... read more


Seasonal in summer in China, S Korea (where very rare), Nepal, Bhutan and N Myanmar, where it... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Although population levels are inadequately known, species appears to be rather uncommon and there is circumstantial evidence of a... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Chestnut-winged Cuckoo (Clamator coromandus). 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 on 19 February 2020).