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Cuckoo for ID (Indian vs Oriental)

on 16th September 2021

Saw this adult male Cuckoo today and I am trying to determine the identification. Using terminology, distribution and features from: Johannes Erritzøe, Clive F. Mann, Frederik P. Brammer and Richard A. Fuller. Cuckoos of the World, Helm, 2012. Also using Wells 1999, HBW 2019, and other references for identification.

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For Cuculus Cuckoos the possibilities are:

Oriental Cuckoo (Cuculus saturatus)

Indian Cuckoo (Cuculus micropterus)

Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) – does not reach far south enough

Sunda Cuckoo (Cuculus lepidus) – confined to the highlands in Peninsular Malaysia

So I am trying to differentiate between Oriental & Indian Cuckoos.

I have seen the Indian Cuckoo well in the past and this bird overall did not look like one (jizz). I think it is an Oriental Cuckoo. Appreciate any opinions and clarification.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

28th February 2019

 

Location: Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Previously logged forest with secondary growth and some residual primary forest

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld

 

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Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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