Species Details

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Grey‑bellied Cuckoo Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Cacomantis passerinus
Family : Cuculidae
Order : Cuculiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Indian Plaintive Cuckoo, Grey-bellied Plaintive Cuckoo
Habitat : Villages
Description : The grey-bellied cuckoo, known for its small size measuring approximately 23 cm in total length, showcases a predominantly grey plumage with a white lower belly and undertail. Its wings exhibit a distinct white patch. In certain cases, female grey-bellied cuckoos may display a reddish-brown coloration with dark barring on their upper body, an unbarred tail, and prominently dark-barred whitish underparts. Juveniles resemble females but exhibit a duller shade of grey.

This species thrives in light woodland areas and cultivated regions. The grey-bellied cuckoo is classified as a brood parasite, relying on warblers as host birds for its reproductive cycle. It lays a solitary egg. Its diet primarily comprises various insects and caterpillars. Notably, this cuckoo species is known for its vocalizations, emitting a persistent and loud call that resembles "pee-pip-pee-pee." During its call, the cuckoo depresses its tail.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: A Emmerson(www.inaturalist.org/people/A Emmerson),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Rajah Jayapalmore information, please contact us.