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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Cuculidae
Mass  Common cuckoo: 110 g
Higher classification  Cuckoos
Order  Cuculiformes
Scientific name  Cuculus
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Genus
Cuculus Cuculus canorus
Lower classifications  Common cuckoo, Himalayan cuckoo, Indian cuckoo, Lesser cuckoo, Oriental cuckoo

Indian cuckoo cuculus micropterus singing

Cuculus is a genus of cuckoos which has representatives in most of the Old World, although the greatest diversity is in tropical southern and southeastern Asia. The genus name is from Latin Cuculus, "cuckoo"


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The species in taxonomic order are:

  • Sulawesi cuckoo or Sulawesi hawk-cuckoo, Cuculus crassirostris
  • Red-chested cuckoo, Cuculus solitarius
  • Black cuckoo, Cuculus clamosus
  • Indian cuckoo, Cuculus micropterus
  • Common cuckoo, Cuculus canorus
  • African cuckoo, Cuculus gularis
  • Himalayan cuckoo, Cuculus saturatus
  • Oriental cuckoo, Cuculus optatus (formerly horsfieldi')
  • Sunda cuckoo, Cuculus lepidus
  • Lesser cuckoo, Cuculus poliocephalus
  • Madagascar cuckoo, Cuculus rochii

  • Cuculus AnimalBase Cuculus canorus speciestaxon homepage

    Some sources also include the pallid cuckoo in this genus, although there is disagreement about appropriate classification.

    The hawk-cuckoos are now placed in a separate genus, Hierococcyx, while the pallid cuckoo belongs in Cacomantis.

    These birds are of variable size with slender bodies, long tails and strong legs. Most occur in open forests, but some prefer more open country. Several species are migratory.

    Cuculus Cuculus rochii Hartlaub 1863 Checklist View

    These are vocal species, with persistent and loud calls. They feed on large insects, with hairy caterpillars, which are distasteful to many birds, being a speciality. One or two species will also take some fruit.

    Cuculus Cuculus solitarius

    Cuculus cuckoos are brood parasites, that is, they lay a single egg in the nests of various passerine hosts. The best-known example is the European common cuckoo. The female cuckoo in each case replaces one of the host’s eggs with one of her own. The cuckoo egg hatches earlier than the host’s, and the chick grows faster; in most cases the cuckoo chick evicts the eggs or young of the host species.

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    Cuculus species lay coloured eggs to match those of their passerine hosts. Female cuckoos specialise in a particular host species (generally the species that raised them) and lay eggs that closely resemble the eggs of that host.

    A species may consist of several gentes, with each gens specialising in a particular host. There is some evidence that the gentes are genetically different from one another though other authorities state that as female cuckoos mate with males of any gens, genes flow between gentes.

    Call of the common cuckoo cuculus canorus kuckuck


    Cuculus Wikipedia

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