Banded Bay Cuckoo

Banded Bay Cuckoo Cacomantis sonneratii is a small cuckoo found in China in southern and western Yunnan, where nominate race resident in broadleaved forests to 1200 m. Heard more often than seen. Often sallies for flying insects. Parasitizes nests of bulbuls, minivets, small babblers, and common iora. Has white supercilium above dark eyeline and white underparts finely barred black. Rich brown above, including crown, with wing a bit darker; all barred blackish. Tail tipped white. Juvenile is even more barred above and has less obvious supercilium. Bill black above, greenish-grey below; eye dark. Feet grey. Has loud, four-syllable call, somewhat like that of Indian cuckoo, but more quickly uttered and thinner. Other call of several notes, rising in pitch and speed then breaking off suddenly. — Craig Brelsford


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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