Alternative name: Blyth’s Cuckoo
- Cuculus saturatus
32–33 cm (12½-13 in)
- Dark ashy-grey upperparts
- Blackish brown tail, white spotted and tipped
- Ashy-grey chin to breast
- White lower breast and abdomen with black bars
- White to creamy apricot vent with variable barring
- Yellow eye-ring
Females are similar but have a rufous tinge to breast. Also has a rufous morph (in both sexes) with rufous rump and uppertail with dark barring.
Juveniles are slate-grey on upperparts with white feather edges, they have a black throat with white bars and have black and white barred underparts.
Virtually identical to Oriental Cuckoo.
Common Cuckoo is very similar but Himalayan Cuckoo has broader and more widely spaced black bars below and the bend of wing below is unbarred (brown and white barred in Common Cuckoo). The rufous morph has dark barred rump and undertail-coverts (plain rufous in Common Cuckoo). The call is also very different.
Sunda Cuckoo is very similar but smaller.
Found in the southern Himalayas from Kashmir trough India, Nepal, Assam and to Burma, Thailand and southern China and Taiwan.
Winters to Malaysia, the Philippines to Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia.
Found in forests, open wooded areas and orchards. Occurs at 1500 - 3300m in the Himalayas.
Feeds on insects, mainly caterpillars. Takes also some fruit.
A migratory species.
A high note followed by three lower flat notes, like hoop, hoop-hoop. The female's call is quick-quick-quick.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- 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
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Himalayan Cuckoo. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 17 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Himalayan_Cuckoo
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