Large hawk-cuckoo

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Large hawk-cuckoo
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Genus: Hierococcyx
Species: H. sparverioides
Binomial name
Hierococcyx sparverioides
(Vigors, 1832)

Cuculus sparverioides

The large hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx sparverioides) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family.


Immature Large hawk-cuckoo
Khao Yai National Park - Thailand (flash photo)

It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Found as a vagrant on Christmas Island.[2] The subspecies H. s. bocki of the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo is usually considered a separate species, the dark hawk-cuckoo.[3]


Its natural habitats are temperate forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.


They call in summer and the About this sound calling  goes on well after dusk.

Like many other cuckoos, this species is a brood parasite.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2014). "Hierococcyx sparverioides". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  2. ^ McAllan, I.A.W., James, D.J. 2008 Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioides on Christmas Island. Australian Field Ornithology 25 (1):31-35
  3. ^ Payne, Robert B. (2005) The Cuckoos, Oxford University Press.
  4. ^ Numerov, A. D. Inter-species and Intra-species brood parasitism in Birds. Voronezh: Voronezh University. 2003. 516 p. [In Russian] Нумеров А. Д. Межвидовой и внутривидовой гнездовой паразитизм у птиц. Воронеж: ФГУП ИПФ Воронеж. 2003. C. 38-40.
  5. ^ As subspecies of Brachypteryx leucophrys [1]
  6. ^ As subspecies of Garrulax erythrocephalus [2]
  7. ^ As subspecies of Garrulax caerulatus [3]
  8. ^ As subspecies of Lanius schach [4]
  9. ^ As subspecies of Pellorneum albiventre [5]
  10. ^ As subspecies of Prinia atrogularis [6]