Banded Bay Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Cacomantis sonneratii
Malay Name: Matinak Takuwih
Chinese Name: 栗斑杜鹃

Found from Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: sonneratii, waiti, fasciolatus, musicus

Local Subspecies: sonneratii

Size: 23-24 cm

Identification: Adult has rufescent upperparts with blackish bars, very fine barrings on entire of whitish underparts and broad white supercilium. Juvenile resembles adult but has whitish to pale buff bars on head-sides, crown and mantle.

Similar looking species: Plaintive Cuckoo, Rusty-breasted Cuckoo

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, parks and gardens.

Ecology/Behaviour: Known to brood parasite on Common Iora in Singapore.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Lorong Halus, Jurong Eco Garden, Pasir Ris Park, Neo Tiew Lane 2, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Pulau Ubin.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore