Oriental Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Cuculus saturatus 
Common Name: Oriental Cuckoo
Other Name: Horsfields cuckoo

Identifying Features: male has grey head, breast and upperparts, belly is creamy-white with dark bars, legs and feet are orange-yellow, yellow eye-ring; female reddish-brown above, paler on the underparts

Fun Facts:

  • It is a brood parasite, laying its eggs in the nests of other birds.
  •  It was formerly classified as a subspecies of the Himalayan cuckoo (C. saturatus), with the name ‘Oriental cuckoo’ used for the combined species. Differences in voice and size suggest that it should be treated as a separate species.


This image was clicked by Michael Tay – via Flickr.

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