Cuculus micropterus, Gould.
203. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 326; Butler, Deecan; Stray Feathers, Vol, IX, p. 388.
THE INDIAN CUCKOO.
Length, 12 to 12.5 ; expanse, 23 ; wing, 7.5 ; tail, 5.75 ; tarsus, 0.75 ; bill at front, 0.96.
Bill blackish, yellow at the base beneath, and at the gape; irides pale dusky, or yellowish-brown; orbits light wax-yellow; legs yellow.
Upper parts darkish-ashy, pure on the head; throat and breast grey; abdomen white, with - broad and tolerably distant dark-brown bars; quills brown, the inner webs with wider bars or spots than those of ft canorus ; tail concolorous with the body, or brownish-ashy; a broad dark band at the end, narrowly tipped with white; in some with a few white spots, successively more developed on the outer tail-feathers.
In old birds the color above is deep-ashy ; but in those only once moulted the hue is a bronzed ash-brown, with the head and neck grey, and some slight traces of rufous on the sides of the neck and wings. The young are much mottled with blackish and white, especially on the head, neck, and back; the quills and tail have rufous bars and tips; but they have much less rufous than the young of G. canorus, and are much less barred. The Indian Cuckoo is common along the Sahyadri range and adjacent forests; it has been obtained from other parts of the Deccan and South Mahratta country, and is not uncommon in the jungles on the Vindhian Range, but Major Butler did not meet with it in Northern Guzerat, nor has it been recorded from Sind.