Cacomantis passerinus   (Vahl,  1797) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 23 cm

A slim arboreal bird, dark grey above, whitish below with grey chin and throat. White-tipped black tail and a white patch on underside of black wings prominent in flight. Female similar but sometimes 'hepatic', i.e. bright chestnut above and on throat, barred with black on back and on white underparts.

Nesting: Season- July to September

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Indian Plaintive (Grey- bellied) Cuckoo
• Indian Plaintive Cuckoo
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.66) (Long: 76.18) INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 75.96) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Nameer, PO (2005) Wetlands and waterfowl conservation in kerala with special reference to Ramsar sites kerala environment congress 2005 Centre for environment and development 97-112 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Birds of India Available at -
  • Srinivasulu, C (2004) Birds of kawal wildlife sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh , India Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 101(1) 3-25 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Ali, S (1977) The book of Indian birds Bombay Natural History Society 175 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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