Himalayan Cuckoo (Cuculus saturatus) - HBW 4, p. 554
French: Coucou oriental
Spanish: Cuco Oriental
Other common names: Oriental Cuckoo (with C. horsfieldi); Blyth's Cuckoo, Southern Muted Cuckoo
Taxonomy: Cuculus saturatus Blyth, 1843, Nepal.
Often regarded as conspecific with C. horsfieldi, but the songs of the two are distinct (see page 512). Bornean population formerly recognized as a distinct subspecies, insulindae, but does not differ from lepidus of Malaysia, Sumatra and Java. Race lepidus, including Bornean birds, has been included in C. poliocephalus, but on present evidence more appropriately placed in present species. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- saturatus Blyth, 1843 - Kashmir through S Himalayas, Assam, N & E Myanmar (including Shan States) and Thailand to S China and Taiwan; winters from Malaysia and Philippines S to Lesser Sundas, New Guinea and Australia.
- lepidus S. Müller, 1845 - Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra (and satellite islands), Borneo, Java, Bali and Lesser Sundas (Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores, Pantar, Sumba, Timor).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
calling Locality Yilan County, Taiwan
Vicky Cheng 19 June 2011 2 years ago 2 min 23 sec 4.2
adult in canopy Locality Vinayak, Pangot, Nainital District, Uttarakhand, India (ssp saturatus)
Martin Kennewell 6 April 2012 44 weeks ago 26 sec 3.6
A female perched. Locality Singapore
Fran Trabalon 15 November 2010 2 years ago 22 sec 2.9
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Adult perched in rain - side view
Locality Lelet Plateau, New Ireland, Bismarck Archipelago (ssp optatus)
John and Jemi Holmes 24 April 2013 26 weeks ago 4.1
A bird in flight.
Locality Yamdena, Tanimbar Islands, Lesser Sundas (ssp optatus)
James Eaton 3 November 2011 1 year ago 4
Dorsal view of an adult male perched in a tree.
Pete Morris 1 July 2002 42 weeks ago 3.8
Possible male perched on a branch.
Locality Makunda Hospital, Karimganj District, Assam, India
Vijay Anand Ismavel 1 April 2010 3 years ago 3.6
Juvenaile bird on branch during autumn migration.
Locality Hegurajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, Honshu, Japan (ssp Cuculus (saturatus) optatus)
kasia.someya 20 September 2010 2 years ago 3.5
A female perched
Locality Lingmethang (Limithang) Road, Mongar District, Bhutan (ssp saturatus)
Arthur Grosset 7 April 2008 4 years ago 3.5