Cuculus sonnerati, Lath.
202. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 325 ; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 388.
THE BANDED BAY CUCKOO.
Length, 10 ; wing, 5 ; tail, 5 ; tarsus, 0.6 ; bill at front, 0.7.
Above greenish-dusky, numerously crossed barred with rufous (which color, indeed, may be said to predominate), except on the coverts of the primaries; quills dusky-rufous on the edge of the outer web, pale internally; tail rufous, with a broad dusky bar near the end; the outer webs nearly dusky, and the tip white, and the inner webs with narrow bars; the whole under-parts, from the throat, white, very faintly tinged with fulvous on the flanks, and marked with numerous narrow dusky cross bars; sides of head and neck also white, similarly barred; but the ear-coverts are colored like the back, and the frontal feathers are white at the base, showing conspicuously just over the bill.
The young are more coarsely barred than adults, with pale rufescent on a blackish ground, and the breast is white, banded with dusky, and aged individuals have the back and wings very faintly barred, the tail with the central feathers nearly all black, the edges scolloped with rufous, and the outer feathers with dusky.
The Banded Bay Cuckoo occurs sparingly in various parts of the Deccan and South Mahratta country, but only as a seasonal visitant. It does not occur elsewhere within our limits.