Large Hawk-Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Hierococcyx sparverioides
Malay Name: Sewah-Tekukur Besar
Chinese Name: 鹰鹃

Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China, Indochina and discontinuously to Sumatra and Borneo with some northern populations wintering to Southeast Asia


Size: 38-41.5 cm

Adult is distinctively larger than the other two Hawk-Cuckoo species and has slaty-grey head, brownish-grey upperparts, rufous breast-patch, whitish rest of underparts with dark bars and long tail with broad dark tail-bands. Juvenile resembles adult but has darker brown upperparts with rufous bars, pale rufous nape with dark brown streaks and whitish underparts with bold dark brown drop-like streaks on breast.

Similar looking species: Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo, Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, mangroves, parks and gardens.


Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, former Bidadari Cemetery, Chinese/Japanese Gardens, Pasir Ris Park, Tuas South and Pulau Ubin.

Featured reports: Mar 2022, Apr 2022

BirdLife International. (2016). Hierococcyx sparverioides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Yong, D. L. (2008). Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo: A Birder’s Nightmare. Singapore Avifauna, 22(1), 12–17.