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Chestnut-winged Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by jweeyh
Singapore, February 2019
Clamator coromandus


38–46 cm (15-18 in)
Large cuckoo with diagnostic black head and erect crest and long broad-ended tail together with chestnut wings and white nuchal collar.
Mantle black, throat and upper breast buff rufous, lower breast and belly whitish, thighs greyish, undertail-coverts blackish.

In flight crest is held flat against the crown.

Photo © by kctsang
Singapore, November 2006


Breeding in the Himalayas and southern China through South-East Asia to Tenasserim (Myanmar).

Northern populations are migratory, wintering in south to the Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia to the Malay Peninsula, the Greater Sunda Islands and the Philippines.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Photo © by Godwin Chan
Hong Kong, June 2020

Mangroves, forest edges, scrub, wooded gardens.


Generally shy.


Clambers about in dense vegetation in the manner of Malkohas, hunting for insects. Their diet consists mostly of caterpillars, beetles, mantids and ants, in addition to spiders and small fruit.


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Recording by china guy, Sichuan, June 2011


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2019)

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