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


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Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis
Lesser Coucal C. bengalensis
Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis
Chestnut-winged Cuckoo Clamator coromandus
Jacobin Cuckoo C. jacobinus
Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus
Asian Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx maculatus
Violet Cuckoo C. xanthorhynchus
Banded Bay Cuckoo Cacomantis sonneratii
Plaintive Cuckoo C. merulinus
Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo Surniculus lugubris
Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioides
Common Hawk-Cuckoo H. varius
Rufous Hawk-Cuckoo H. hyperythrus
Hodgson’s Hawk-Cuckoo H. nisicolor
Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus
Indian Cuckoo C. micropterus
Himalayan Cuckoo C. saturatus
Oriental Cuckoo C. optatus
Common Cuckoo C. canorus


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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