French: Coucou jacobin German: Jakobinerkuckuck Spanish: Críalo blanquinegro
Other common names:
Coromandel Coast, south-east India
Subspecies and Distribution
C. j. pica
(Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833) – sub-Saharan Africa S to Tanzania and Zambia, and NW India to Nepal and Myanmar, occasionally S Tibet, in foothills of Mt Everest.
C. j. serratus
(Sparrman, 1786) – S Africa (S from S Zambia).
C. j. jacobinus
(Boddaert, 1783) – S India and Sri Lanka; partially migrant to SE Africa.
31–34 cm; 66 g (India), 69·2–104 g (serratus). Adult glossy black above with black crest, white patch on black wings and white tips to black tail... read more
Loud ringing “kleeuw, kleeuw, kleeuw”, each note descending, repeated in series, by... read more
Open woodland and scrub, dry thorn savanna, thorny jungle, plains. In India mainly in lowlands,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly hairy caterpillars, also grasshoppers, mantids, termites; forest snails; eggs of host birds; berries. Feeds mainly in trees... read more
Breeds in rains: in N India Jun–Aug, and in S Nilgiris Jan–Mar; in W Africa May–Jul; in Ethiopia Mar–Oct; in E... read more
An intra-African migrant in N and S, arriving on breeding grounds with rains and abundance of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Reported to be generally common, or at least not uncommon, throughout much of its extensive breeding range, e.g. common in parts of S... read more
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