Chestnut-winged Cuckoo

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Chestnut-winged cuckoo was recently being sighted in newer spots around the Chennai city while it makes its way down the Coromandel Coast towards its wintering habitats further south and in Sri Lanka.

About Chestnut-winged cuckoo:

  • Scientific Name: Clamator coromandus
  • The chestnut-winged cuckoo is a small bird, measuring 35 to 45 cm in length and weighing 60 to 90 grams. 
  • Distribution: India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, southeast China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.
  • Habitat : Includes tropical and temperate deciduous/evergreen forests.
  • They are brood parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of other birds.
  • They are mostly migratory and breed during summer in north India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, southeast China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • They winter in south India, Sri Lanka, Andaman Islands (India), Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.
  • IUCN Status: "Least Concern"


Q1) What is a brood parasitism?

Brood Parasitism in birds is defined as the interaction in which a bird species (parasitic)  places its eggs in a host species’ nest to free itself from parental obligations.

Source: Now the chestnut-winged cuckoo has more pit stops in and around Chennai