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 12 videos
A bird preening and calling in a tree, seen from below. Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur District, Rajasthan, India (ssp pica)
Josep del Hoyo 2 July 2014 40 weeks ago 1 min 35 sec 4.5
A bird perched in a tree seen from below, calling. Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur District, Rajasthan, India (ssp pica)
Josep del Hoyo 2 July 2014 40 weeks ago 50 sec 4.5
A recently fledged bird waiting to be fed. Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia (ssp pica)
Keith Blomerley 15 January 2007 8 years ago 24 sec 4.4
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 6 years ago 23 sec 4.3
A bird perched in a tree, panting and rising the crest. Locality Sultanpur, Gurgaon District, Haryana, India (ssp pica)
Josep del Hoyo 7 July 2014 45 weeks ago 12 sec 4
swallowing prey, then moving off Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia (ssp pica)
Martin Kennewell 26 October 2010 2 years ago 18 sec 4
PhotosSee all 57 photos
A bird perched
Locality Thengumarahada, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp jacobinus)
vasanthan.p.j 5 November 2011 4 years ago 4.4
A bird perched on a branch.
Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia
Tadeusz Rosinski 25 February 2014 1 year ago 4.3
On a bush
Locality Marakollya, Southern Province, Sri Lanka (ssp jacobinus)
Guy Poisson 16 January 2011 4 years ago 4.2
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Markus Lilje 31 October 2014 6 weeks ago 4
Locality Thol Bird Sanctuary, Mehsana District, Gujarat, India
Jeel Bharat Patel 29 August 2015 7 weeks ago 4
This was a juvenile fostered by yellow-billed babblers.
Locality Mysore, Mysore District, Karnataka, India
Ragoorao 26 October 2009 5 years ago 4
Calls from perch Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 July 2005 6 years ago 4.5
A bird emiting two sounds, the typical song and a thin single notes (like Great Spotted Woodpecker). Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur District, Rajasthan, India
Josep del Hoyo 2 July 2014 40 weeks ago 4
Calling from perch & on wing Locality Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 July 2003 5 years ago 4
Calls. Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia
Charles Hesse 20 November 2009 5 years ago 4
Calling on the wing Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 July 1983 5 years ago 3
A bird calling from the top of a tree. Locality Maun Rest Camp, Maun, North-West District, Botswana
Keith Blomerley 7 January 2007 50 weeks ago 0