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)
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)
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.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Jacobin Cuckoo. Retrieved on September 21, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/jacobin-cuckoo.