Cuculus poliocephalus, Lath.
201. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 324 ; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 388.
THE SMALL CUCKOO.
Length, 10 to 10.5 ; wing, 5.85 ; tail, 5.12 ; tarsus, 0.62; bill at front, 0.7.
Male : upper plumage ashy, slightly glossed with green on the back and upper tail-coverts ; quills brown, also with a green gloss, and numerous close large white spots; tail deep ashy, almost black, with large white spots on the middle of each feather on the edge of the inner webs, and at the tip; beneath the chin and throat are pale ashy, with some rusty about the. breast; the lower parts white, with rather narrow distant bars ; under tail-coverts spotless.
Many adults have the upper parts fine rufous-bay, spotless on the forehead, sides of neck, and rump, but elegantly barred with dusky across the scapulars, wings and tail, and faintly on the crown, hind-neck, and interscapulars; throat, foreneck, and breast, whitish along the middle, stained with rufous laterally, and with dark bars more or less distinct; the rest of the lower parts broadly barred, as also are the tail-coverts.
The Small Cuckoo has been obtained in various parts of the Deccan, but is rare; it has not been recorded from elsewhere within our district.