In Thai: นกคัคคูเล็ก, nok khak-khu lek
Binomial name: Cuculus poliocephalus, John Aubrey Clarendon Latham, 1790
The lesser cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family.
It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kenya, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
In Japan, the bird is called and is frequently praised for its song, and ranked as her favorite bird by Sei Shonagon in her account of court life in Heian Japan, The Pillow Book. It is also a pivotal image in poem 81 of the Hyakunin Isshu poetry anthology.
In Korean literature, song of lesser cuckoo represents sound of sadness.
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- Cuculus poliocephalus
- Thai: นกคัคคูเล็ก, nok khak-khu lek
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)