Cuculus lugubris Horsfield, 1821, Java. Four subspecies.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Coucou surnicou d’Asie; German: Drongokuckuck; Spanish: Cuclillo-drongo Asiбtico.
9.8 in (25 cm), 1.2 oz (35 g). Glossy black, tail square, white bands on undertail coverts and underwing, iris brown, bill black.
Punjab and lower Himalayas east through Nepal to Assam, from South Central China to Indochina, South India, Sri Lanka, Java, Bali, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, and North Moluccas.
Open forests and scrubs, bamboo jungle; occasionally gardens and mangroves.
Resident, seasonally migratory and nomadic. The northern subspecies winters on Malaysia.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Caterpillars and other soft insects, sometimes figs.
Brood parasitic; hosts are mainly babblers; nestlings evict the eggs and chicks of hosts.
Not globally threatened. Unevenly distributed within its range.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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