Scientific Name: Hierococcyx nisicolor
Malay Name: Sewah-Tekukur Cina Selatan
Chinese Name: 棕腹鹰鹃
Range: Found from Bhutan to northeast India, southern China and Indochina with the northern populations wintering south to Southeast Asia except Philippines.
Size: 27-31 cm
Identification: Adult has greyish upperparts, whitish underparts with rufous-washed breast and narrowest penultimate dark tail-band. Juvenile resembles adult but has brownish and obvious rufous-tinged upperparts and breast streaks. Told from similar Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo by narrower penultimate tail band (Malaysian shows even-width tail bands).
Habitat: Forest, forest edge, wooded areas, gardens and parks.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, former Bidadari Cemetery, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Pasir Ris Park and Tuas South.
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx nisicolor Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
BirdLife International. (2016). Hierococcyx nisicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22734046A95072929.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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Yong, D. L. (2008). Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo: A Birder’s Nightmare. Singapore Avifauna, 22(1), 12–17.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo. Retrieved on November 21, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/hodgsons-hawk-cuckoo.