French: Coucou épervier German: Großer Sperberkuckuck Spanish: Cuco grande
Himalayas from N Pakistan and India to Nepal, Naga Hills, Manipur and Meghalaya, thence E to China (Sichuan, N to lower Yellow R valley), Taiwan, and S to Myanmar, Thailand and Indochina. Winters mainly from NE India and Thailand S to S & E India, Peninsular Malaysia, Andaman Is#R, Greater and Lesser Sundas and Philippines.
38–40 cm; 116–163 g. The largest hawk-cuckoo. Adult dark morph is brown above, ashy-grey on crown, nape and neck, tail barred brownish grey and black, tipped... read more
In breeding season, calls at dawn and at sunset into night (especially during overcast weather), a... read more
Deciduous and evergreen wooded areas, especially with oaks (or oak-rhododendron in Nepal), also in... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly caterpillars (including hairy species); also Hemiptera, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, bugs, roaches, ants and spiders;... read more
Breeds Apr–Jul in W Himalayas, Apr–Jun in Assam; eggs Apr–May in Myanmar (where vocalizes late Feb–Jun). Brood-... read more
Mainly migratory: most individuals, at least from N of range and over most of China, move S to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common or fairly common breeder in many parts of range, notably Thailand, Nepal and India, and considered abundant in Bhutan, but... read more
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