|Song recorded in Japan|
It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kenya, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
In Japan, the bird is called hototogisu (ホトトギス) and is frequently praised for its song, and is ranked by Sei Shōnagon as her favorite bird in her account of court life in Heian Japan, The Pillow Book. It is also a pivotal image in poem 81 of the Hyakunin Isshu poetry anthology. The Japanese haiku magazine Hototogisu takes its name from the bird.
In Korean literature, the song of the lesser cuckoo represents the sound of sadness.
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