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).
Similar looking species: Large Hawk-Cuckoo, Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo
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.
Featured reports: Mar 2022, Apr 2022, Nov 2022, Dec 2022, Jan 2023, Feb 2023, Apr 2023
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo)
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
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Yong, D. L. (2008). Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo: A Birder’s Nightmare. Singapore Avifauna, 22(1), 12–17.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo. Retrieved on May 30, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/hodgsons-hawk-cuckoo.