Banded bay cuckoo (Cacomantis sonneratii) is a species of bird in the Cuculidae family. They are found in well-wooded forests, mainly in hill areas. It feeds on insects, especially caterpillars, bugs and grasshoppers.
Both sexes are alike. The adult has bright rufous or bay on the head and back, which is broadly barred with dark brown and whitish creamy underparts with brown streaks. A whitish supercilium is distinctive above a dark eye-line. The bill is long and slightly curved, the wing is darker and the tail is graduated with a dark brown centre. The tail has a subterminal black band and white tips to the feathers. The juvenile is similar but has a pale lower mandible and white fringes to the feathers of the upper body.
This cuckoo is parasitic on the common iora (Aegithina tiphia) because it lays its eggs in the nest of the iora and the adult iora will feed the cuckoo fledgling. [Source: MyBIS]
I was blessed to be able to witness the said feeding of this banded bay cuckoo fledgling by the adult common iora, in between monitoring the hoopoe. It was a sight that I'm unable to describe. It is truly Allah's great creation in the circle of life.
Name: Banded bay cuckoo
Scientific: Cacomantis sonneratii
Malay: Burung Takuweh / Sewah Berjalur / Sewah Takuweh
IUCN Red List (v.3.1, 2016): Least concern
Gear: SONY a1 + SEL200600G.
Location: Taiping, Perak.
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