Himalayan Cuckoo

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Scientific Name: Cuculus saturatus

Malay Name: Sewah Gunung Asia

Chinese Name: 中杜鹃

Range: Found from northeast Pakistan, northern Indian subcontinent to southern China and winters to Southeast Asia and northern Australia

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 29 cm

Identification: Adult resembles Indian Cuckoo but has grey head, breast and upperparts, whitish underparts with prominent blackish bars and less obvious or no blackish bars on undertail-coverts. Hepatic female resembles hepatic female Plaintive and Rusty-breasted Cuckoo but has deeper orange upperparts and whiter underparts. It was formerly considered conspecific with Oriental Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus) which may but not confirmed to occur in Singapore. Based on current knowledge, it is impossible to separate Himalayan and Oriental Cuckoo in the field.

Similar looking species: Indian Cuckoo

Habitat: Forest, secondary growth and wooded areas.


Local Status: Very rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2021)

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BirdLife International. (2021). Cuculus saturatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-3.RLTS.T22734715A201099367.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).

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