Large Hawk-cuckoo Hierrococcyx
(aka Cuculus sparverioides )
Deothang, Samdrup Jongkhar,
The Large Hawk-cuckoo has two
sub-species. The nominate, shown here, breeds in the
Himalayas from north Pakistan eastwards and into China
and south into Indochina. This population winters in
eastern India, Bangladesh and the Philippines. The other
sub-species H. s. bocki is resident in the
mountains of Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.
|It has a greyish-brown
back, a grey head and a tail with broad bars. The throat is
white and the breast is rufous and both have dark streaks.
The belly has broad black bands on white. The eyering is
yellow and the iris is orange to buff in colour.
It is a brood parasite and its hosts tend to be Laughingthrush, Barwings and similar. Its scientific specific name sparverioides means "resembling a Sparrowhawk" and, in flight, it looks just like a Sparrowhawk. It is possible that this may cause potential hosts to flee allowing the Large Hawk Cuckoo to lay its eggs.
There is a recording on xeno-canto .
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