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Himalayan cuckoo

In 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)

Photos

Himalayan cuckoo
Himalayan cuckoo

Range Map

Distribution map of Himalayan cuckoo, Cuculus saturatus in Thailand
Range map of Cuculus saturatus in Thailand