Indian cuckoo


Indian cuckoo is medium sized bird and is widely found in Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

How does the bird appear…

Its upperparts are grey while underparts show broad black barring. Tail is barred and has broad subterminal dark band and a white tip. The eye ring is grey to yellow while iris is light brown to reddish. Female show slightly pale grey on throat and have more brown on breast and tail.

Juveniles are browner and have broad white tips to the head and wing feathers.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It prefers deciduous and evergreen forests but also seen in garden lands and thick scrub.


It feeds mostly on caterpillars, butterflies, grasshoppers, ants, locusts and cicadas. It also takes berries and fruits.

Breeding & Nesting

In Indian Subcontinent it breeds from May to July. It is brood parasite and lays eggs in nests of other birds. Its eggs hatch in 12 days.


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