Jacobin Cuckoo

The Jacobin Cuckoo, Pied Cuckoo, or Pied Crested Cuckoo, Clamator jacobinus, is a member of the cuckoo order of birds that is found in Africa and Asia. It is partially migratory and in India, it has been considered a harbinger of the Monsoon rains due to the timing of its arrival. It has been associated with a bird in Indian mythology and poetry, known as the Chatak and represented as a bird with a beak on its head that waits for rains to quench its thirst.

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The Jacobin Cuckoo is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Jacobin Cuckoo is a Southern African bird that belongs to the cuculidae bird family group which includes birds such as Old World Cuckoos, Malkohas. The description for the Jacobin Cuckoo (Latin name Clamator jacobinus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Clamator jacobinus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 382 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 200. More

jacobin cuckoo kruger national park birds The Jacobin Cuckoo (Latin name Clamator jacobinus) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 382 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 200 also a picture of the Jacobin Cuckoo on page 208. The Jacobin Cuckoo belongs to the family of birds classified as cuculidae. More

The Pied Cuckoo, or Jacobin Cuckoo, Clamator jacobinus, is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes, which also includes the roadrunners, the anis, and the Hoatzin. It breeds in Africa south of the Sahara Desert eastwards to India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. It is a short-distance migrant, since birds at more northerly latitudes and on higher ground are summer visitors, leaving for warmer and wetter areas in winter. Pied Cuckoo is a bird of scrub, wetlands and cultivation. More

as different as two Jacobin Cuckoo populations can be. I would bet that M&S had serratus in mind. More

Pied, Pied Crested, or Jacobin Cuckoo) are found in India. These are: (1) Clamator jacobinus pica (2) Clamator jacobinus jacobinus A third subspecies, Clamator jacobinus serratus, occurs in southern Africa. The descriptions of the subspecies given here are taken from Payne (1997), Davies (2000) and Payne (2005). The two Indian subspecies look almost identical, with the northern race having a slightly larger wing; it is, however, impossible to tell the two races apart in the field (Payne 2005). More

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Order : Cuculiformes
Family : Cuculidae
Genus : Clamator
Species : jacobinus
Authority : (Boddaert, 1783)