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Himalayan cuckoo

Cuculus saturatus, Edward Blyth, 1843

(In Thai: นกคัคคูพันธุ์หิมาลัย)

The Himalayan cuckoo (Cuculus saturatus) is a species of cuckoo in the genus Cuculus. It breeds from the Himalayas eastward to southern China and Taiwan. It migrates to southeast Asia and the Greater Sunda Islands for the winter.

It was formerly known as "Oriental cuckoo" and contained several subspecies found over most of Asia. In 2005, it was determined that this "species" consists of three distinct lineages:

  • Himalayan cuckoo, Cuculus (saturatus) saturatus
  • Oriental cuckoo proper, Cuculus (saturatus) optatus
  • Sunda cuckoo, Cuculus (saturatus) lepidus

These are usually seen as distinct species nowadays. As the type specimen of the former "Oriental" cuckoo is a bird of the Himalayan population, the name saturatus applies to the Himalayan cuckoo if it is considered a species.

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Cuculus saturatus

Common names

  • Thai: นกคัคคูพันธุ์หิมาลัย

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Himalayan cuckoo

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Himalayan cuckoo
Himalayan cuckoo

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Himalayan cuckoo

Range Map

Distribution map of Himalayan cuckoo, Cuculus saturatus in Thailand
  • Ban Laem District, Phetchaburi
  • Bangkok Province
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Erawan National Park
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khon San District, Chaiyaphum
  • Khun Tan District, Chiang Rai
  • Klaeng District, Rayong
  • Kui Buri National Park
  • Laem Pak Bia
  • Mae Ping National Park
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Mueang Khon Kaen District, Khon Kaen
  • Mueang Nonthaburi District, Nonthaburi
  • Mueang Phetchaburi District, Phetchaburi
  • Mueang Ranong District, Ranong
  • Mueang Suphanburi District, Suphan Buri
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Pai District, Mae Hong Son
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • Phutthamonthon District, Nakhon Pathom
  • Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi
  • Samae San Island
  • Samut Prakan Province
  • Surin Islands
  • Taphan Hin District, Phichit
  • Thanyaburi District, Pathum Thani
Range map of Cuculus saturatus in Thailand