Jacobin Cuckoo

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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)

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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.