Chestnut-winged Cuckoo

Clamator coromandus

Order

CUCULIFORMES

Family

Cuckoos, Roadrunners and Anis (Cuculidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

CLACOR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Chestnut-winged Cuckoo has a large breeding range of more than 4 million square kilometers. This cuckoo species breeds in much of eastern and southern China, northern India and Nepal, and southeastern Asia. It winters in Malaysia, the Philippines, and much of Indonesia. The Chestnut-winged Cuckoo occurs in a variety of forested habitats as well as gardens. Although the size of the population is unknown, it is believed to be large enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo: Fairly large, long-tailed cuckoo with a long crest. Glossy black-green upperparts with white collar on nape, chestnut wings, buff to orange throat, gray-white underparts, and black vent. Fairly long wings. Long tail with white to buff edges on feathers. Sexes similar. Juveniles have grayer plumage with pale scaling on the wings.

 

Range and Habitat

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Chestnut-winged Cuckoo SONGS AND CALLS

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo I1

Song is a flute-like "toot, toot".

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo E3

Descending rattle calls.

Similar Sounding

Common Cuckoo L2

Two and three syllable songs, "cuck-oo-oo".


Voice Text

"thu-thu, thu-thu, thu-thu", "TEE-TSEE-TEE-TSEE", "creech-creech-creech"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Chestnut-winged Cuckoo was given its scientific name by Linnaeus in 1766.
  • They are very noisy during breeding season, but during non-breeding season they are reportedly silent.
  • This bird was described by French zoologist M. J. Brisson who recorded on the Coromandel coast of India, probably near Pondicherry which was a French colony at the time.
  • A group of cuckoos is collectively known as an "asylum", a "cooch" and a "family" of cuckoos.

SIMILAR BIRDS

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

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Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
CrestX
Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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