Genus CACOMANTIS

This is a genus of small-sized Cuckoos resembling Cuculus in the changes of plumage, and to some extent in the Coloration of the young and adult; but distinguished by much shorter wings with the primaries only extending about one-third the length of the wing beyond the end of the secondaries, and by having the tail as long as the wing or longer.

About 10 species are known, ranging from India to Australia and the Fiji Islands ; two of these are Indian.

Key to the Species.

a. Upper parts dark ashy.
a1. Abdomen white or grey……………….C. passerinus, adult, p. 216.
b1. Abdomen rufous……………….C. merulinus, adult, p. 218,
b. Upper parts brown and chestnut.
c1. Crown and rump chiefly rufous, not regularly barred……………….C. passerinus, juv., p. 216.
d1. Upper parts barred throughout……………….C. merulinus, juv., p. 218.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
Genus CACOMANTIS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
216
M_ID: 
6154
M_SN: 
Cacomantis
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1553

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