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

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 (BirdLife International 2018)

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, Pulau Ubin and West Coast Park.


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

BirdLife International. (2018). Cuculus micropterus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.