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Birds

Pied
Crested Cuckoo

Least Concern

Stable

Pied Crested Cuckoo

Clamator jacobinus

The Pied Crested Cuckoo is a member of 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.

This medium sized, slim black and white cuckoo with a crest is distinctive. The white wing patch on the black wing and the pattern make it unmistakable even in flight.

Jacobin Cuckoo, Pied Cuckoo

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    চাতক, পাকড়া পাপিয়া, পাপিয়া
  • Gujarati:
    ચાતક
  • Hindi:
    चातक
  • Kannada:
    ಚಾತಕ
  • Malayalam:
    കൊമ്പൻ‌കുയിൽ
  • Marathi:
    चातक
  • Nepali:
    जुरे कोइली
  • Punjabi:
    ਬਰਸਾਤੀ ਪਪੀਹਾ
  • Sanskrit:
    कपिञ्जल
  • Telugu:
    చాతక పక్షి
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Taxanomy

CUCULIFORMES
CUCULIDAE
Clamator jacobinus

Quick Facts
  • It is considered to be the harbinger of monsoon season.
Pied Crested Cuckoo

Range Map

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