Common Hawk-cuckoo (Cuculus varius) - HBW 4, p. 549
French: Coucou shikra
Spanish: Cuco Chikra
Other common names: Ceylon Hawk Cuckoo, Brain-fever Bird
Taxonomy: Cuculus varius Vahl, 1797, Tranquebar, India.
Often placed in genus Hierococcyx, along with other hawk-cuckoos, on grounds of notable morphological differences from Cuculus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- varius Vahl, 1797 - India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
- ciceliae (Phillips, 1949) - Sri Lanka.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 8 videos
A singing male viewed from the rear Locality Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India (ssp varius)
Greg Baker 20 March 2011 2 years ago 35 sec 4.2
An adult on a trunk and looking back. Locality Mudumalai National Park, India (ssp varius)
Josep del Hoyo 8 December 2009 3 years ago 13 sec 4
A bird perched and looking back Locality Himalayan Institute for Environment, Ranichouri, Uttarakhand, India (ssp varius)
Umar Saif 29 February 2008 5 years ago 5 sec 3.8
Immature singing Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 2007 4 years ago 19 sec 3.5
A bird on a branch and looking around Locality Nepal (ssp varius)
John Gregory 30 November 1999 6 years ago 23 sec 3.5
A bird moving on branches and feeding on a caterpillar Locality India (ssp varius)
Rigdon Currie 28 February 2006 6 years ago 14 sec 3.4
PhotosSee all 30 photos
A dorsal view
Locality Masinagudi, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India
vasanthan.p.j 1 June 2013 39 weeks ago 4.4
An immature Common Hawk-cuckoo/Brainfever Bird
Locality Durgapur, Bardhaman District, West Bengal, India (ssp varius)
Sagar_Adhurya 46 weeks ago 4.4
A dorsal view
Locality Thengumarahada, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp varius)
vasanthan.p.j 5 November 2011 2 years ago 4.3
A bird on a branch.
Locality Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park, Hyderabad District, Andhra Pradesh, India
J.M. Garg 4 April 2009 4 years ago 4.3
A bird perched on tree
Locality Margalla Hills National Park, Pakistan (ssp varius)
Zotyesz 2 April 2011 2 years ago 4.1
Perched on the mango tree and feeding on some worm seems the hawk cuckoo.
Locality Bandel, Hooghly District , West Bengal, India
Nishan Banerjee 1 December 2013 8 weeks ago 4
Called persistently for a long time from a tree, with pauses of 2-5 minutes between bursts of crescendo calls Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 2006 4 years ago 4.7
Starting with a rolling call and then giving long crescendo call Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 August 2006 4 years ago 4
An adult Common Hawk-Cuckoo calling from atop a palm tree. Locality Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary, Narendrapur, South 24 Parganas District, West Bengal, India
Agniva 19 January 2013 1 year ago 3