Square-Tailed Drongo-Cuckoo


Using Canon 5D Mk3, EF 300mm Lens, ISO4000, F/8, 1/200


Information from Wikipedia

Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo (Surniculus lugubris including brachyurus, musschenbroeki. This has white bars on vent and outer undertail, tail only notched with slightly flared tips. In flight a white wing-stripe is visible from below. This is found in South East Asia and is a summer visitor to the Himalayas from Kashmir to eastern Bangladesh. The calls are series of piercing sharp whistles rising in pitch but shrill and choppily delivered.


Plaintive Cuckoo

Using Canon 7D, 800mm Lens, ISO500, 1/80, f7.1

Many times I heard it’s call while birding in the field, but never got the change to see it and photograph this little.  It’s smaller than I Imagined.

While I was waiting for the Common Starling at the vegetable farm adjacent to the paddy field at Penampang, this bird showed up at the late afternoon sun.  Having seen one with my own eye, I start to see more of this bird appearing at the vegetable farm hunting for caterpillar.  It stood on the poll to spot the caterpillar on the ground before fly down to catch it.  Looks like, they are a good helper for the farmer around there.


The Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus) is a species of bird belonging to the genus Cacomantis in the cuckoo family Cuculidae. It is native to Asia, from India and China to Indonesia.

t is a fairly small cuckoo, 21-23.5 centimetres long. The adult male is grey-brown above and orange below with a grey head, throat and upper breast. There are white tips to the tail feathers. The legs and feet are yellow, the eye is red and the bill is black above and yellow below. The adult female is sometimes similar to the male but often occurs in a “hepatic” morph. This form is reddish-brown above with dark bars. The underparts are paler with fainter barring. There is a pale stripe over the eye and the tail has dark bars along its whole length. Juvenilebirds are similar to hepatic females but are paler and have dark streaks rather than bars on the crown and throat.

The male has several plaintive whistling calls. These include an ascending series of three-note phrases and a series of 11 or 12 descending notes.

(Sources from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)