Cuculus canorus   Linnaeus,  1758 (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

Image copyrights: Bahrain Bird Report

Size: 31-38 cm.

Plumage: above grey, below throat and chest pale grey, belly barred black and white, long heavy tail black with white terminal spots on outer tail feathers, barred and spotted white, some females are reddish brown barred black above, whitish below with black bars. Immature variable but always with barred wings and tail. Bare parts: iris bright yellow, eyering/eyelid chrome yellow, bill blackish with olive yellow at base and orangish gape, feet and legs chrome yellow.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Eurasian (English)
• Common Cuckoo
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Goa, Arpora INDIA (Record: 11/10/1982)
• Goa, Naroa INDIA (Record: 10/10/1983)
• Goa, Chorao INDIA (Record: 09/10/1988)
• Goa, Cumbarjua INDIA (Record: 09/11/1995)
• Goa INDIA (Record: 10/10/1996, 08/11/1996, 04/10/1997, 13/10/1997, 07/10/1998, 11/11/1998, 30/09/1999, 20/09/1999, 01/11/2000, 05/10/2001, 02/11/2001)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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 -
  • Lainer, H (2004) Birds of Goa : A reference book The Goa Foundation, Goa 244 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Bahrain Bird Report Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu 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

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