Plaintive cuckoo is normally solitary and is often difficult to see.
How does the bird appear…
Male is grey-brown above and orange below with a grey head, throat and upper breast. Tail feathers have white tips. Eyes are red. Bill is black above and yellow below. It has yellow legs and feet.
Female is reddish-brown above with dark bars. The underparts are paler with fainter barring. It shows a pale stripe over the eye and tail shows dark bars along its whole length.
Juveniles are similar to female but are paler.
Habitat: Where to find this bird?
It is found at forest edge, open woodland, scrub, grassland and farmland.
It feeds on invertebrates.
Breeding & Nesting
It is brood parasite and lays its eggs in nests of prinias and tailorbirds.