French: Petit Coucou German: Gackelkuckuck Spanish: Cuco chico
Other common names:
Asian Lesser Cuckoo
N Pakistan#R and Kashmir E through Himalayan foothills to Khasi and Naga Hills, N Myanmar and N Indochina, and across China (including Taiwan and Hainan, where seems to be resident#R#R) to Ussuriland, Korea and Japan. Winters in Sri Lanka and E Africa.
22–27 cm; 40–59 g. Adult male slate-grey above, tail and uppertail-coverts contrastingly blackish, tail with white tip and white spots at sides; bend of wing... read more
Loud, husky chattering song, “eat your chóky pepper”, comprising six notes at 1... read more
Forests, both broadleaf and pine, scrub, second growth; in Ussuriland in broadleaf forests of... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly caterpillars (geometrids, noctuids), also beetles, hymenoptera, mantids.
Breeds May–Jul. Brood-parasitic: hosts small warblers, wren-babblers (Pnoepyga) and shortwings (Brachypteryx) in... read more
Migratory, entire breeding population apparently moving SW or S to wintering grounds. Winters in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Few data on abundance; common to fairly common locally in Nepal. Populations depend on maintaining habitat and numbers of its host species. Not... read more
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