Bird Watch: Jacobin cuckoo, a bird that heralds the arrival of rains

The Jacobean cuckoo, the pointed cuckoo or the crested cuckoo is one of the birds that finds mention in Indian mythology and poetry, also known as the Chataka.

In Inter State Chandigarh (ISCR), the Jacobean cuckoo is a common bird that arrives in summer and seeing it heralds the arrival of rain.

This bird is a member of the cuckoo order of birds found in Asia and Africa. While males and females look alike, the identification marks of the Jacobean cuckoo are a black and white winged tick. A summer visitor, this cuckoo is found in areas with scrubs, gardens or woodlands. Its call is the ringing of the “kiuu, kiuu” sound.

The Jacobean cuckoo can only be seen in summer, especially during rains. It is also said that a bird that can survive without drinking water for several days drinks rainwater only to quench its thirst.

At ISCR, it is easy to spot the Jacobean cuckoo in the vicinity of the Morni Hills. I found an opportunity to capture this bird in my camera from my rooftop a few days ago. He was sitting on a high branch from a tree near my house.

Its diet consists mainly of insects, grasshoppers, termites, snails, fruits and berries. The Jacobean cuckoo breeds from June to August. They do not build nests and choose to lay eggs in babbler nests, where the host birds raise their young.

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