Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Asian Lesser Cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus) - HBW 4, p. 555

French: Petit Coucou German: Gackelkuckuck Spanish: Cuco Chico
Other common names: Lesser/Small/Little Cuckoo

Taxonomy: Cuculus poliocephalus Latham, 1790, India.
Forms a superspecies with C. rochii, the two sometimes being treated as conspecific. Race C. saturatus lepidus has been placed in present species, but present evidence does not support that treatment. Monotypic.

Distribution: N Afghanistan, N Pakistan and Kashmir E through Himalayan foothills to Khasi and Naga Hills, Bangladesh and N Myanmar, and across China to Ussuriland, Korea and Japan; winters in peninsular India, Sri Lanka and E Africa.