Species Details

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Plaintive Cuckoo Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Cacomantis merulinus
Family : Cuculidae
Order : Cuculiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Rufous-bellied Plaintive Cuckoo
Habitat : Villages
Description : The plaintive cuckoo is a small bird, measuring about 21-24 cm in length. The adult male has a grey-brown upper body, orange underparts, and a grey head, throat, and upper breast. The tail feathers have white tips. Its legs and feet are yellow, the eye is red, and the bill is black above and yellow below. The adult female can resemble the male, but it often has a reddish-brown coloration and dark bars. Juvenile birds are similar to the female but paler, with dark streaks on the crown and throat instead of bars. The plaintive cuckoo is a small bird that inhabits various habitats and feeds on invertebrates. It practices brood parasitism, laying its eggs in the nests of other bird species. It is often solitary and can be difficult to spot.
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;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Marc Anderson(www.xeno-canto.org/Marc Anderson), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.