Cacomantis

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Cacomantis
Cacomantis flabelliformis.jpg
Cacomantis flabelliformis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Genus: Cacomantis
S. Müller, 1843

Cacomantis is a genus of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. The genus name is derived from the Greek kakos meaning evil or ill-boding and mantis for prophet and is derived from their association with "rains" being supposed to be predict ill fortune and bad weather. Most of them have a round nostril and are mainly in brown and gray colours. The tails are graduated and barred. The bars are transverse in sonneratii and oblique in all others.[1]

It contains the following species:

The Pallid Cuckoo and White-crowned Cuckoo are usually placed in this genus.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Payne, RB (2005). The Cuckoos. Oxford University Press. p. 422