Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Philippine Hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx pectoralis)


French: Coucou des Philippines German: Philippinenkuckuck Spanish: Cuco filipino

Hiracococcyx pectoralis

Cabanis and Heine

, 1863,



Closely related to H. nisicolor, H. fugax and H. hyperythrus, with which often considered conspecific. Monotypic.


Philippines: Luzon, Mindoro, Banton, Catanduanes, Tablas, Sibuyan, Ticao, Panay, Palawan, Cagayancillo, Negros, Cebu, Leyte, Bohol, Siquijor, Mindanao, Basilan, and Sulu Is (Jolo)#R.

Descriptive notes

28 cm; 67·3–89·2 g. Adult slate-grey above, white loral streak, wings round-tipped, brownish, inner webs of inner flight-feathers and coverts white barred... read more


Series of short crescendo calls rising and falling in pitch, each phrase of 6–8 notes/sec,... read more


Forest: virgin mossy to dipterocarp. Up to 2400 m.

Food and feeding

Insects, mainly caterpillars, also berries.


Virtually unknown. Females may lay in subadult plumage. Brood-parasitic: hosts unknown.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). An uncommon to rare resident of dense original forest, a habitat which is rapidly disappearing throughout the Philippines. Although... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Philippine Hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx pectoralis). 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 25 February 2020).