Chestnut-winged Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Clamator coromandus

Malay Name: Sewah Berjambul Sayap Coklat

Chinese Name: 红翅凤头鹃

Range: Found from northern India to eastern and southern China, Indochina, Myanmar and Thailand with some northerly populations winter to southern India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 38-41.5 cm

Identification: Adult is distinctive looking with black upperparts and crest, white hindcollar, rufous-chestnut wings, whitish underparts with rufous throat and long slender black tail. Juvenile resembles adult but has whitish throat, dark greenish brown upperparts and less prominent crest.

Similar looking species: Jacobin Cuckoo

Habitat: Wooded areas, mangroves, gardens and parks.


Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Lorong Halus, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, former Bidadari Cemetery, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jurong Eco Garden, Lorong Halus, Tuas South, Satay by the Bay, Pasir Ris Park and Tampines Eco Green.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo Clamator coromandus
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Nov 19-Nov 25
Early date 17 Jul 2018
Late date 29 May 2018
A scarce migrant infrequently recorded across the island from Oct to Apr.


BirdLife International. (2016). Clamator coromandus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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