Banded Bay Cuckoo – adult

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An adult in Banded Bay Cuckoo (Cacomantis sonneratii malayanus) seen in the early morning at the forest fringe. I was surprised it was not calling out as many birds I have seen over the years call in mornings 8-10am (below). I saw it subsequently chased away by a Common Iora.

The second post is a close up to show the lighter lower mandible which some authors describe as greenish-grey (Wells 1999, Cuckoos of the World) (see below).

Regarding the subspecies for my region: Johannes Erritzøe, Clive F. Mann, Frederik P. Brammer and Richard A Fuller. (2012) Cuckoos of the World. Helm Identification Guides use Cacomantis sonneratii sonneratii. Wells 1999 & HBW 2020 use Cacomantis sonneratii malayanus.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Papan Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Forest fringe

Date: 27th August 2020

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