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Himalayan cuckoo

Thai: นกคัคคูพันธุ์หิมาลัย, nok khak-khu Hi-ma-lai

Binomial name: Cuculus saturatus, Edward Blyth, 1843

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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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Cuculiformes
Family
Cuculidae
Genus
Cuculus
Species
Cuculus saturatus

Common names

  • Thai: นกคัคคูพันธุ์หิมาลัย, nok khak-khu Hi-ma-lai

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Himalayan cuckoo

Himalayan cuckoo

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Distribution map of Himalayan cuckoo, Cuculus saturatus in Thailand

Range map of Cuculus saturatus in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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