Cuculus canorus

Cuculus canorus, Lin.

199. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 322; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 199; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 387 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 116 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 63.


Length, 14 ; expanse, 26 ; wing, 8.75 to 9; tail, 7 ; tarsus, 0.8 ; bill at front, 0.78.

Bill black, yellowish at base beneath, and at gape; irides yellow; orbits deeper yellow ; legs yellow.

Adult: head and upper parts ashy; throat, underside of neck, and upper part of breast, pale ashy; lower part of breast and belly white, with narrow transverse, undulating black lines; quills dusky, with a faint gloss of green; inner webs barred with oval white spots or incomplete bars; the two central feathers of the tail blackish, dashed with ashy, and tipped white ; the others black, with white spots on one or both webs, and the tip white; under tail-coverts white, with distinct arrow-shaped markings.

The female has very generally a tawny-brown tinge on the upper parts; and the neck and breast of both sexes are often mingled with rufous, having some dusky-bars.

The young bird is dusky-grey above with white or ferruginous bars; beneath white, with the bars close on the neck and breast, distant and narrower on the abdomen; irides blue-grey, afterwards brown ; they vary considerably in this state of plumage.

The European Cuckoo is found throughout the district, but, excepting the hills, it is nowhere common and only occurs during the rains and cold weather.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Common Cuckoo
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