Cuculus saturatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cuculus saturatus
Species Authority: Blyth, 1843
Common Name/s:
English Himalayan Cuckoo, Oriental Cuckoo
Taxonomic Notes: Cuculus saturatus (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) has been split into C. saturatus, C. optatus and C. lepidus following Payne (2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-11-01
Assessor/s: BirdLife International
Reviewer/s: Butchart, S.
Facilitator/s: Bird, J., Butchart, S.
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
2012 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widespread, breeding in the Himalayas from northern Pakistan through Nepal and northern India to South-East Asia, southern China, Taiwan and Hainan (Payne 2005). Birds migrate through South-East Asia and winter in Indonesia and the Philippines.
Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Micronesia, Federated States of ; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Palau; Philippines; Taiwan, Province of China; Thailand; Viet Nam
Present - origin uncertain:
Northern Mariana Islands
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but is thought to be large as the species is described as 'common and widespread' in at least parts of its range (Payne 2005).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species lives in a range of forest types at high densities of c.1 calling male per km2 on the breeding grounds (Payne 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial
Citation: BirdLife International 2013. Cuculus saturatus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.
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