Jacobin cuckoo


Hindi name: Chatak

Jacobin cuckoo is partial migratory bird. This beautiful bird is considered as forerunner of monsoon because of its time of arrival.

How does the bird appear…

Jacobin cuckoo is medium-sized, slim bird. It is black and white and easily noticeable by its crest. The white wing patch on the black wing and the pattern make it unmistakable even in flight.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It is usually found mainly in thorny, dry scrub or open woodland . It avoids areas of dense forest or extremely dry environments


They feed on insects and occasionally on fruits.

Breeding & Nesting

This bird is brood parasite and lays eggs in nests of other birds.

Interesting fact

It has been associated with a bird in Indian mythology and poetry, known as the chatak, represented as a bird that waits for rains to quench its thirst

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