Lesser Cuckoos or Small or Little Cuckoos

Lesser Cuckoo

Lesser Cuckoo

The Lesser Cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus) is also known as Small or Little Cuckoo. Other common names include Petit Coucou (French), Gackelkuckuck (German) and Cuco Chico (Spanish).

The Lesser Cuckoo forms a superspecies with the Madagascar Cuckoo (Cuculus rochii). These two are sometimes being treated as conspecific (of, or belonging to, the same species).

The race C. saturatus lepidus (Himalayan Cuckoo) has been placed in present species, but present evidence does not support that treatment.

Cuculus poliocephalus is monotypic (either a genus consisting of only one species or a species without a sub-species).

Lesser Cuckoo in flight

Lesser Cuckoos and Distribution Map


Lesser CuckooDistribution:

It occurs in North Afghanistan, North Pakistan and Kashmir E through Himalayan foothills to Khasi and Naga Hills, Bangladesh and N Myanmar, and across China to Ussuriland, Korea and Japan. This cuckoo winters in peninsular India, Sri Lanka and East Africa.

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Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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