Cuckoo for ID (Indian vs Oriental)

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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.


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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