Scientific Name: Cacomantis merulinus
Malay Name: Matinak Biasa
Chinese Name: 八声杜鹃
Found from the north-eastern India to Bangladesh, southern China and Southeast Asia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: querulus, threnodes, lanceolatus, merulinus
Local Subspecies: threnodes
Size: 21.5-23.5 cm
Identification: Adult resembles Rusty-breasted Cuckoo but has greyish eyering, head, throat and upper breast with remaining underparts peachy-rufous throat. Juvenile resembles Rusty-breasted Cuckoo but has greyish eyering and finer blackish barrings on underparts.
Habitat: Forest, forest edge, mangroves, parks and gardens.
Ecology/Behaviour: Known to brood parasite on Ashy Tailorbirds in Singapore.
Local Status: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Central Catchment Forest, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, former Bidadari Cemetery, Chinese/Japanese Gardens, Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat, Jurong Eco Garden, Tampines Eco Green, Pasir Ris Park, Neo Tiew Lane 2, Tuas South and Pulau Ubin.
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