- Hierococcyx nisicolor
- Slate-grey upperparts with brownish wings
- Grey and black banded tail with broad black subterminal bar and rufous tip
- Penultimate dark tail-band is narrowest
- White moustache and supraloral area
- Whitish underparts with pale rufous-brown streaks
- Yellow eye-ring
- Small yellow bill with black tip
Sexes similar. Juveniles with buff edged feathers, tail with a broad white tip and streaked and spotted black below.
This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo, Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo and Northern Hawk-Cuckoo.
Some authorities view Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo as belonging to genus Cuculus.
Feeds on insects, mainly caterpillars. Takes also fruits and berries.
Forages in bushes and understorey.
A migratory species.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. 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) Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 16 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Hodgson%27s_Hawk-Cuckoo