Jacobin Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus) - HBW 4, p. 547
French: Coucou jacobin
Spanish: Críalo Blanquinegro
Other common names: Pied (Crested)/Black-and-white Cuckoo
Taxonomy: Cuculus Jacobinus Boddaert, 1783, Coromandel Coast.
Along with C. levaillantii sometimes placed in separate genus Oxylophus, owing to differences in plumage and wing shape. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- serratus (Sparrman, 1786) - S Africa.
- pica (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833) - sub-Saharan Africa S to Tanzania and Zambia, and NW India to Nepal and Myanmar, occasionally S Tibet, in foothills of Mt Everest.
- jacobinus (Boddaert, 1783) - S India and Sri Lanka.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 7 videos
An adult bird perched in a bush, flying away at the end. Locality Bundala National Park, Southern Province, Sri Lanka (ssp jacobinus)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 July 2007 5 years ago 23 sec 4.3
A recently fledged bird waiting to be fed Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia (ssp pica)
Keith Blomerley 14 January 2007 7 years ago 23 sec 4.2
swallowing prey, then moving off Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia (ssp pica)
Martin Kennewell 26 October 2010 50 weeks ago 18 sec 4
Bird singing Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 July 2006 4 years ago 15 sec 3.8
A bird perched and flying to another tree Locality Samburu-Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya (ssp pica)
Rigdon Currie 31 December 2002 6 years ago 10 sec 3.7
A bird on tree-top Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 4 August 2003 4 years ago 7 sec 3
PhotosSee all 42 photos
A bird perched
Locality Thengumarahada, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp jacobinus)
vasanthan.p.j 5 November 2011 2 years ago 4.4
A bird perched on a branch.
Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia
Tadeusz Rosinski 25 February 2014 18 weeks ago 4.3
On a bush
Locality Marakollya, Southern Province, Sri Lanka (ssp jacobinus)
Guy Poisson 16 January 2011 3 years ago 4.2
This was a juvenile fostered by yellow-billed babblers.
Locality Mysore, Mysore District, Karnataka, India
Ragoorao 26 October 2009 4 years ago 4
A bird on a branch.
Locality Kolleru Lake, Andhra Pradesh, India
J.M. Garg 1 September 2008 4 years ago 4
A bird on a branch.
Locality Hyderabad, Hyderabad District, Andhra Pradesh, India
J.M. Garg 28 June 2009 4 years ago 4
Calls from perch Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 July 2005 4 years ago 4.5
Calling from perch & on wing Locality Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 July 2003 4 years ago 4
Calls. Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia
(ssp serratus )
Charles Hesse 20 November 2009 4 years ago 4
Calling on the wing Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 July 1983 4 years ago 3