Scientific Name: Centropus bengalensis
Malay Name: Bubut Kecil Asia
Chinese Name: 小鸦鹃
Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: bengalensis, lignator, javanensis, philippinensis, sarasinorum, medius
Local Subspecies: javanensis
Size: 38 cm
Identification: Adult resembles Great Coucal but much smaller, duller and has pale streaks on head, neck and upperparts. Juvenile resembles adult but has brownish overall plumage with whitish-buff streaks and blackish bars on wings.
Similar looking species: Greater Coucal
Ecology/Behaviour: Frequently suns itself on bare branches with wings partly outstretched.
Local Status: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Kranji Marsh, Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat and Tampines Eco Green.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore