676. Hierococcyx fugax

676. HODGSON’S HAWK-CUCKOO.
HIEROCOCCYX FUGAX.
Hierococcyx fugax (Horsfield), Tr. Linn. Soc. xiii. p. 178 (1821) ; Shelley, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xix. p. 236 ; H. nisicolor (Hodgs.), Icon. Ined. in Brit. Mus. : Passeres, pl. 357, fig. 1 ; (Blyt,h), J.A.Soc. Beng. 1843, p. 943 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iii. p. 214 ; H. hyperythurs (Gould), P.Z.S. 1856, p. 96 : (id.) B. of Asia, vi. pl. 43 ; Seebohm, B. Jap. Emp. p. 171 ; H. sparveroides, (nec. Vigors) ; Schreuck, Reis, im Amurl, Vog, p. 257, pl. 10.
Ding-pit, Lepcha. ; Jiu-ichi, Ji-shin-cho, Jap.
Male ad. (Burma). Differs from H. sparveroides in being smaller, in having the upper parts all slaty grey, the tail barred like that species but conspicuously tipped with rufous ; under parts striped, not barred. Upper mandible horny black, lower mandible and around nostrils pale green ; gape greenish yellow ; legs and eyelids bright yellow ; iris orange-red. Culmen 0.88, wing 7.5, tail 5.55, tarsus 0.8 inch. According to Blakiston and Pryor the female has the breast uniform reddish brown without stripes. The young bird differs from that of H. sparveroides in having the stripes on the under parts narrower and more clearly defined.
Hab. South-east Siberia, Japan, China. Burma ; the Hima¬layas west to Nepal ; Assam, south to the Malay Archipelago.
In habits it resembles H. sparveroides, and its note is described as jiu-ichi quickly reiterated. Nothing is known respecting its breeding habits except that an egg extracted from the oviduct of the bird was uniform olive brown, with a darker zone round the larger end, and measured 0.89 by 0.64 Mr. Owston of Yokohama states, however, that the egg of this Cuckoo is blue.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
676. Hierococcyx fugax
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
676
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
474
Common name: 
Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo
M_ID: 
6221
M_CN: 
Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo
M_SN: 
Hierococcyx fugax
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10365

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