Rusty-breasted Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Cacomantis sepulcralis

Malay Name: Matinak Dada Jingga Biasa

Chinese Name: 锈胸杜鹃

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Greater and Lesser Sundas, Sulawesi and south-western Philippines

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: sepulcralis, everetti, virescens.

Local Subspecies: sepulcralis

Size: 21.5-24 cm

Identification: Adult has greyish head, greyish brown upperparts, peachy-rufous throat and rest of underparts and yellowish eyering. Juvenile has rufescent upperparts with blackish bars, whitish underparts with blackish barrings and yellowish eyering. Female can also occur in a rare hepatic form which resembles juvenile.

Similar looking species: Banded Bay Cuckoo, Plaintive Cuckoo

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, mangroves, parks and gardens.

Behaviour/Ecology: Known to brood parasite on Malaysian Pied Fantail in Singapore.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, former Bidadari Cemetery, Lorong Halus, Jurong Eco Garden, Pasir Ris Park, Neo Tiew Lane 2, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Tuas South and Pulau Ubin.

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Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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