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Category:Cuculus - BirdForum Opus

Genus: Cuculus


Cuckoos from Eurasia and Africa.
Most species are slate-grey above and have pale underparts with dark bars. Many species occur also in a rufous morph.
Several species are very similar and difficult to separate in field. The vocalisations may be needed for a positive id.
All species are brood parasites. They feed on large insects, mainly on caterpillars.


Cuculus is a genus in the Family Cuculidae.
The Hawk-Cuckoos of the genus Hierococcyx are sometimes placed in this genus. Pallid Cuckoo was formerly placed here.

Genus Cuculus viewedit
C. clamosus Black Cuckoo
C. solitarius Red-chested Cuckoo
C. poliocephalus Lesser Cuckoo
C. crassirostris Sulawesi Cuckoo
C. micropterus Indian Cuckoo
C. gularis African Cuckoo
C. rochii Madagascar Cuckoo
C. saturatus Himalayan Cuckoo
C. lepidus Sunda Cuckoo
C. canorus Common Cuckoo
C. optatus Oriental Cuckoo


  1. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221

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Pages in category ‘Cuculus’

The following 11 pages are in this category, out of 11 total.