Pied Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Clamator jacobinus
Common Name: Pied Cuckoo
Other Name: Jacobin cuckoo, Pied crested cuckoo, Chataka

Identifying Features: black and white body, white wing patch on the black wing, crest present.

Fun Facts:

  • It is partially migratory and in India, it has been considered a harbinger of the monsoon rains due to the timing of its arrival.
  • It has been associated with a bird in Indian mythology and poetry, represented as a bird with a beak on its head that waits for rains to quench its thirst.


This image was clicked by Praveen Pandian – via Flickr.

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