Chestnut-winged Cuckoo

Clamator coromandus

Order

CUCULIFORMES

Family

Cuckoos, Roadrunners and Anis (Cuculidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

CLACOR

ITIS

Egg Color:

Dull white with red or brown blotches.



Number of Eggs:

1



Incubation Days:

11 - 14



Egg Incubator:

Host



Nest Location:

Nest is built in the host species nest



Nest Material:

Whatever host species nesting material is.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo: Fairly large, long-tailed cuckoo with a 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. Black, slightly decurved bill. Long tail with white to buff edges on feathers. Rather short, blue-gray legs and feet. Forages for insects and larvae, especially hairy caterpillars, by picking them off of the foliage of trees and bushes.

Breeding and Nesting

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo: One egg is laid in the nest of a host species, usually a laughingthrush. Eggs are spherical in shape and tend to resemble those of the host. Incubation times for this species are unknown but as with other cuckoo species, are suspected to be short in duration. Incubation is carried out by the host.

Foraging and Feeding

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo: Feeds on larvae, insects, and caterpillars, especially hairy ones. It removes the hairs from the bodies of caterpillars by rubbing them on a branch. This cuckoo species forages for prey items by picking them from the foliage of trees and bushes.

Vocalization

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo: Species emits short, metallic calls, described as “thu-thu, thu-thu, thu-thu”, or “TEE-TSEE--TEE-TSEE." Also produces guttural rattles, harsh screeches, and hoarse whistling.

Similar Species

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo: Unlikely to be confused with any other species in this range.

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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.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X