Indian Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Cuculus micropterus
Malay Name: Sewah Biasa
Chinese Name: 四声杜鹃

Found from the Indian subcontinent to China, Siberia, Korea and Southeast Asia (except Singapore and Philippines) with the northern populations wintering south to Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: micropterus, concretus

Local Subspecies: micropterus, concretus

Size: 31-33 cm

Identification: Male has greyish head, throat and upper breast, brownish tinge mantle, wings and tail, whitish rest of underparts with blackish bars and greyish-green eyering. Female resembles male but has rufescent wash across breast. Juvenile resembles adult but has browner crown and head-sides, prominent rufous to whitish feather-tips on upperparts and buffish underparts with broken dark bars.

Similar looking species: Himalayan Cuckoo

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, mangroves, parks and gardens.


Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, former Bidadari Cemetery, Chinese/Japanese Gardens, Jurong Eco Garden, Satay by the Bay, Lorong Halus, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Pasir Ris Park, Tuas South and Pulau Ubin.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia