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.


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

BirdLife International. (2016). Hierococcyx sparverioides. 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.
Yong Ding Li (2008) Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo, A Birder’s Headache