Chestnut-winged Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Clamator coromandus
Malay Name: Sewah Berjambul Sayap Coklat
Chinese Name: 红翅凤头鹃

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


Size: 38-41.5 cm

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.

Featured reports: Mar 2022, Apr 2022, Oct 2022, Nov 2022, Dec 2022

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

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.