Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Common Hawk-cuckoo (Cuculus varius) - HBW 4, p. 549

French: Coucou shikra German: Wechselkuckuck 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.