French: Coucou shikra German: Wechselkuckuck Spanish: Cuco chikra
Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu, India
Subspecies and Distribution
H. v. varius
(Vahl, 1797) – NE Pakistan (Punjab)#R, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
H. v. ciceliae
W. W. A. Phillips, 1949 – Sri Lanka.
33 cm; 104 g. Adult ashy brownish grey above, paler on head, tail with 3–5 whitish and black bars and light rufous tip; white below, with pale rufous breast and bars on... read more
Loud shrieking “brain fé-ver” or “wee-piwhit”, in runs of 4–6... read more
Wooded country, in deciduous and semi-evergreen forests, gardens, groves of cultivated trees. In... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly caterpillars and cutworms, also grasshoppers, locusts, winged termites, ants; lizards; fruits of wild banyan fig, berries.... read more
Breeds Mar–Jul in India, Jan–Apr in Sri Lanka. Brood-parasitic: hosts babblers, including Jungle Babbler (Turdoides... read more
Mostly resident; also partially migratory at higher altitudes and in drier habitats. Single... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common on the plains of India, where characteristic call is amongst the most widely known of bird sounds; also common in Nepal, but rare in Sri Lanka... read more
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