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Banded Bay Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Cacomantis sonneratii
Photo © by cskhaw
Air Itam dam, Penang, Malaysia, August 2005



  • Bright reddish-brown or bay above with darker barring
  • White line under eye
  • Tail has a black band and white tip
  • Iris yellow to brown
  • Bill black


Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, southwest China, Thailand and Indochina, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Palawan, Java, Bali.

Nominate subspecis
Photo © by Alok Tewari
St Tal Forest, Alt. 5000 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2018



There are 5 subspecies:

  • C. s. waiti :
  • C. s. sonneratii:
  • C. s. malayanus:
  • C. s. fasciolatus:
  • C. s. musicus:


Forest edges, broadleaf evergreen forests, plantations and wooded areas.

Photo © by Dr Manjeet Singh
F.R.I.M. , Sg BuloH, Selangor, Malaysia, January 2008



The diet includes caterpillars and bugs.


It is a brood parasite; the nestlings ejecting host eggs and chicks.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Answers.com
  3. BF Member observations

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