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Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Romy Ocon
UP-Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, September 2004
Hierococcyx pectoralis

Cuculus pectoralis



  • Slate-grey above, wings barred grey-brown
  • White loral streak
  • Grey and black banded tail with broad subterminal black band and rufous tip
  • Grey chin
  • White throat
  • Bright rufous breast, sometimes with fine grey streaks)
  • White belly and undertail-coverts
  • Yellow eye-ring

Sexes similar. Juveniles have a blackish head with buff feather edges, a white nape, a streaked chin and a rufous wash on chest.


Endemic to the Philippines (Palawan, Luzon, Mindoro, Sibuyan, Cebu, Negros, Leyte and Mindanao).
Uncommon to rare in its rapidly disappearing habitat.


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo, Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo and Northern Hawk-Cuckoo.
Some authorities view Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo as belonging to genus Cuculus.


Virgin mossy to dipterocarp forest. Occurs up to 2400m.



Feeds on insects, mainly caterpillars. Takes also berries.


Very little known. A brood parasitic.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. 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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