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Chestnut winged Cuckoo (Clamator coromandus)

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Detachment:
Cuculiformes
Family:
Cuculidae
Genus:
Clamator

Scientific:
Clamator coromandus

citation:
(Linnaeus, 1766)

Reference:
Syst.Nat.ed.12 p.171

Protonym:
Cuculus coromandus

Avibase ID:
575C66D270818507

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 177843

Geographic range:

  • Clamator coromandus: India to SE Asia, winters to Greater Sundas

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Crested cuckoos

Crested cuckoos are a genus of large cuckoos that parasitize mainly in nests of medium-sized birds. There are 4 known species. All species have crests on their heads, and their tails are significantly stepped.

1. Biology

Crested cuckoos are found in warmer regions in southern Europe and Asia, and in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. These birds inhabit open biotopes with thickets of bushes. Some species are partially migratory in winter and migrate to warmer and more humid regions.

These are large cuckoos, their body length is at least 33 cm, with wide wings and chestnut long and narrow tails. Their coloration is black, white and brown.Males and females are similarly colored, but juveniles differ well in coloration. The two African species also have two different color morphs, light and dark.

All crested cuckoos are nesting parasites that lay one egg at a time in the nests of medium-sized birds such as magpies, starlings, shrikes, shrubs, Trochalopteron, bulbul and thymelia, depending on the region. Unlike the common cuckoo, neither the female nor the chicks of the crested cuckoos eject the eggs and chicks of the host; however, the mortality rate in the chicks of adoptive parents is higher than in nests without a cuckoo chick, since the chicks cannot successfully compete with the cuckoo for food.

Crested cuckoos are noisy birds, with constant and loud sound interactions. They feed on large insects, including hairy caterpillars, which are inedible to many birds.

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