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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Chestnut-winged Cuckoo)

BirdLife International. (2016). Clamator coromandus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021

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