Jacobin Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Clamator jacobinus
Malay Name: Sewah Berjambul Hitam-Putih
Chinese Name: 斑翅凤头鹃
Alternative Name(s): Pied Cuckoo

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.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: serratus, pica, jacobinus.

Size: 31.5-33 cm

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: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Only two confirmed sightings which were at Lorong Halus in December 2013 and March 2015.


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

BirdLife International. (2016). Clamator jacobinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.