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Banded Bay Cuckoo Cacomantis sonneratii sonneratii   - Adult
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :forest fringe, Papan Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 27 August 2020
English synonyms:Banded Cuckoo, Indian Banded Bay Cuckoo (sonneratii), Bay-banded Cuckoo, Ceylon Bay-banded Cuckoo (waiti)
Bird Family :Cuculidae - Old World Cuckoos, Koels & Malkohas
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :An adult in the early morning at the forest fringe. I was surprised it was not calling out as many birds I have seen over the years call in mornings 8-10am. I saw it subsequently chased away by a Common Iora Aegithina tiphia.

The close up is to show the lighter lower mandible which some authors describe as greenish-grey (Wells 1999, Cuckoos of the World).

Regarding the subspecies for my region:

Johannes Erritzøe, Clive F. Mann, Frederik P. Brammer and Richard A Fuller. (2012) Cuckoos of the World. Helm Identification Guides use Cacomantis sonneratii sonneratii.

Wells 1999 & HBW 2020 use Cacomantis sonneratii malayanus.

- Amar

Howard & Moore 4th Edn (2013) do not recognize malayanus.
Birds of the World (Cornell) now incorporating HBW (accessed 28 August 2020) note 'Proposed race malayanus (Peninsular Malaysia) is synonymized with nominate'. - Ed.

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