Oriental Cuckoo

Cuculus optatus

Order

CUCULIFORMES

Family

Cuckoos, Roadrunners and Anis (Cuculidae)

Code 4

ORCU

Code 6

CUCOPT

ITIS

Egg Color:

White with dark red, gray brown or purple spots



Number of Eggs:

1



Incubation Days:

12



Egg Incubator:



Nest Location:

In trees.



Nest Material:

Grasses, leaves.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Oriental Cuckoo: Medium-sized cuckoo with gray upperparts, gray throat, and distinctly barred breast. Wings and long tail are dark gray. Bill is decurved and yellow with dark tip. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Oriental Cuckoo: Breeding from Siberia to the Himalayas, across Southeast Asia, southern China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Over winter they migrate to the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, northern and eastern Australia, and occasionally as far as New Zealand. Also appeared as a vagrant species in the Ukraine, Israel and Alaska. Usually found in forests.

Breeding and Nesting

Oriental Cuckoo: Eighteen to twenty-five white eggs with dark red, gray, brown, or purple spots are laid each season, singly placed in nests of host species. Eggs are incubated for 12 days by the host.

Foraging and Feeding

Oriental Cuckoo: Eats insects, including fuzzy caterpillars; forages on the ground or in flight.

Vocalization

Oriental Cuckoo: Song is a muted "do-do-do-do" or "hoop, hoop." Silent when not in its breeding range.

Similar Species

Oriental Cuckoo: Common Cuckoo has lighter upperparts, narrow bars on underparts, and white undertail coverts.

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Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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The upper front part of a bird.
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