Large Hawk-Cuckoo

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

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, Nov 2022, Dec 2022

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

BirdLife International. (2016). Hierococcyx sparverioides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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.