Jacobin Cuckoo

Jacobin Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus is a distinctive, large, crested cuckoo. In China, seen in southern Tibet in foothills of Mt. Everest. Parasitizes nests of babblers and bulbuls. Sometimes seen in small groups with conspecifics, or in mixed flocks. Unmistakable, even in flight. Upperparts black, with white patch on wing (inner part of primaries). Tail long, black, with white tips; underparts white. Eyes, bill, and feet black. Juvenile browner above, buffier below, with yellow eye-ring, yellow lower mandible, and paler feet than adult. Shrill, explosive, electric call of usually three notes, the first one lower, repeated continuously. — 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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