|Oriental Cuckoo Cuculus
(aka Himalayan Cuckoo)
Lingmethang Road, Mongar, Bhutan
The Oriental Cuckoo breeds from the southern Himalayas to southern China and in the Malay Peninsula. The Malayan population is resident but the rest migrate southwards to Malaysia, the Philippines, New Guinea and Australia during the northern winter.
|It is found in forest and woodland where it feeds
mainly on insects, especially caterpillars, but also on fruit and pine
It is a brood parasite and the hosts are mainly small warblers of the Seicercus and Phylloscopus genera.
|It is similar to Common Cuckoo C. canorus
but the upperparts are darker grey, the head looks lighter grey and the
barring on the belly is thicker. Also the undertail coverts are buffy
rather than white. I think that the buff around the neck of this bird
indicates that it is a female.
The song is a mellow hoop-hoop-hoop reminiscent of the Hoopoe.
There are recordings on xeno-canto .
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