French: Coucou plaintif German: Klagekuckuck Spanish: Cuco plañidero
Other common names:
Rufous-bellied Plaintive Cuckoo
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. querulus
Heine, 1863 – Assam and Lower Bengal E to S China (including Hainan), and S through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to N Peninsular Malaysia; some migrate S to peninsular India and SE Asia.
C. m. threnodes
Cabanis & Heine, 1863 – S Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra (with islands of Nias, Siberut and Enggano) and Borneo.
C. m. lanceolatus
(S. Müller, 1843) – Java and Bali.
C. m. merulinus
(Scopoli, 1786) – Sulawesi and Philippines.
18–23·5 cm; 19·5–32 g. Adult male nominate has pale grey head, rest of upperparts and wings dark grey and slightly glossed, some rufous on wing-... read more
Very vocal during breeding season, occasionally calling at night, but can be more or less silent at... read more
Open woodland, secondary forest, lowland rainforest, freshwater and peatswamp forest, mangroves,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly hairy caterpillars (Saturniidae) but also hairless ones (Notodontidae), beetles, bugs, termite soldiers, other soft-bodied... read more
Breeds May–Jun in Kalimantan, Mar–Sept (peak Jul) in India, May–Jul in Myanmar; fledglings Jun–late Aug, Dec–... read more
Resident and seasonally migratory. In Nepal an occasional visitor or vagrant, late Apr to Aug; in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of range, for instance in E India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, SE China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Greater Sundas (especially Java and Bali... read more
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