Jacobin Cuckoo

This species is defined as a Review Species . Please submit your records of this species via our record submission page .

Scientific Name: Clamator jacobinus

Malay Name: Sewah Berjambul Hitam-Putih

Chinese Name: 斑翅凤头鹃

Alternative Name(s): Pied Cuckoo

Range: Found from sub-Saharan Africa to Indian subcontinent. The population of the Indian subcontinent winters to Africa and Myanmar. A vagrant to Cambodia, Thailand, Peninsula Malaysia and Singapore.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: serratus, pica, jacobinus.

Size: 31.5-33 cm

Identification: Can be easily separated from similar looking Chestnut-winged Cuckoo by smaller size, glossy black hindneck and wings, all-white underparts and small white patch on primaries.

Similar looking species: Chestnut-winged Cuckoo

Habitat: Wooded areas.


Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

Jacobin Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Peak weeks Feb 12-Feb 18, Feb 19-Feb 25, Feb 26-Mar 04 (2 more)
Early date 04 Dec 2013
Late date 04 Apr 2015
Two past records, both at Lorong Halus, and perhaps just the same bird returning two years in a row: 2013-14 and 2014-15.


BirdLife International. (2016). Clamator jacobinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22683800A93002088.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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

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