Plaintive Cuckoo

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.

Similar looking species: Rusty-breasted Cuckoo, Banded Bay Cuckoo

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.


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

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