Grey-bellied Cuckoo


Hindi name: Chota papiha

The Grey-bellied Cuckoo or the Indian Plaintive Cuckoo, is a small hawk-like bird of the Cuckoo family. The bird is widely distributed in India, but is more common among the Western Ghats.

How does the bird appear…

Male– Male is dark ashy colour with dark brown wings. The tail is nearly black, the outer feathers banded with white.

Female– Female is bright chestnut, the back and wings barred with black. The head, neck and rump irregularly spotted with black.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

The species prefers light woodland and cultivated areas.


Grey-bellied Cuckoo feeds on variety of insects and caterpillars.

Breeding & Nesting

Its breeding season is from July to October. It is brood parasite and lays egg in the nest of Warblers. It usually lays single egg.

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