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Horsfield's Cuckoo

Cuculus optatus Gould, 1845

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Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Stanislas Wroza 2019-06-25 Kabansky District, Buryatia, Buryata, Republic of (Russian Federation) (440 m) call, gurgling call, song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

485288
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Peter Boesman 2015-06-02 Oketo Lake forest, Hokkaido, Hokkaido (Japan) call -

Interaction call

286245
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Albert Lastukhin 2015-05-17 Gornyy Khutor, Chernigovskiy rayon, Primorskiy kray, Primorskiy Kray (Russian Federation) (180 m) male, song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

266190
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Antero Lindholm 2001-06-06 Lieksa, Pielisen Karjala, North Karelia, North Karelia (Finland) (160 m) call, song -

This is the famous 'Oriental Cuckoo' of Lieksa. However, its song is quite different from normal optatus. A possible hybird, discussed in: Lindholm A & Lindén A 2003. Oriental Cuckoo in Finland . Alula 9 (4) 122-133

bird-seen:yes

122441
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Frank Lambert 2013-06-22 Sekihoku Pass, Kitami, Hokkaido Prefecture, Hokkaido (Japan) (1000 m) call -

[this track includes Black Woodpecker that is uploaded separately as XC155684, and Eurasian Wren XC155683] The cuckoo was calling from a tall pine about 50m distant, which means that its song is not particularly loud

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

155685
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Antero Lindholm 2007-06-10 Chusovoye Sverdlovsk oblast, Sverdlovskaya oblast (Russian Federation) (235 m) Song (A) -   107343
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Anon Torimi 2015-05-23 Mt Hiei, Shiga Prefecture, Shiga (Japan) (600 m) song -

From start of the song to the end (some operation noise in the initial part). The microphone was not on the bird at the start of the recording; the real sound in larger. Amplified around the frequencies.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

245907
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Swetlana Meshcheryagina 2020-07-10 Mirnoye, Turukhansky District, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Turukhanskiy rayon (Russian Federation) (30 m) adult, female, male-like vocalization, song -

the same female as on the XC624326

Female was mist-netted as adult in Krasnoyarsk Krai (Enisei Ecological station ‘Mirnoe’ of Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution: 62.289° N, 88.977° E) on 25 June 2016. The female has held in captivity up to now. The individual has rufous morph of plumage. Female laid an egg in captivity. Female emitted bubbling calls (XC624365).

For more information, see:

Meshcheryagina S., Opaev A. Previously unknown behavior in parasitic cuckoo females: male-like vocalization during migratory activity // Avian Research. 2021

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

624329
xeno-canto.org
Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Albert Lastukhin 2021-06-18 Momskiy Natsional'nyy Ulus, Sakha Republic, Momskiy rayon (Russian Federation) (420 m) male, song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

675284
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Lars Edenius 2017-06-10 Turukhansky District, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Krasnoyarsky krai (Russian Federation) (20 m) song -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

376537
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Albert Lastukhin 2015-05-18 Gornyy Khutor, Chernigovskiy rayon, Primorskiy kray, Primorskiy Kray (Russian Federation) (180 m) male, song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

266193
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Albert Lastukhin 2021-06-18 Momskiy Natsional'nyy Ulus, Sakha Republic, Momskiy rayon (Russian Federation) (420 m) male, song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

675283
xeno-canto.org
Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Frank Lambert 2012-07-12 Maoershan (nr Forest Research Station), Heilongjiang Province, Heilongjiang (China) (360 m) call -

This bird was singing briefly just prior to giving this call - so the ID was based on its song. Only seen flying off.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

114537
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Peter Boesman 2015-06-02 Oketo Lake forest, Hokkaido, Hokkaido (Japan) song - [also] [sono] 286231
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Swetlana Meshcheryagina 2020-04-05 Tashtypskiy Rayon, Respúblika Khakásiya, Tashtypskiy rayon (Russian Federation) (850 m) bubbling call, female -

Female originated from the nest of Western Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus (trochiloides) viridanus found in Khakassia (Khakassia Nature Reserve, Maly Abakan: 52.059° N, 89.597° E). The female has held in captivity up to now. The individual has grey morph of plumage. Female emitted male-like vocalization (XC624322, XC624308, XC624310, XC624312).

For more information, see:

Meshcheryagina S., Opaev A. Previously unknown behavior in parasitic cuckoo females: male-like vocalization during migratory activity // Avian Research. 2021

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

624316
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Swetlana Meshcheryagina 2020-12-09 Zoological street (near Yekaterinburg), Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya oblast', Ekaterinburg gorsovet (Russian Federation) (280 m) adult, bubbling call, female -

Female was found as adult in Ekaterinburg (56.815° N, 60.537° E) on 3 June 2017. This female was injured at that time. The female has held in captivity up to now. The individual has rufous morph of plumage. Female emitted male-like vocalization (XC624337, XC624350).

For more information, see:

Meshcheryagina S., Opaev A. Previously unknown behavior in parasitic cuckoo females: male-like vocalization during migratory activity // Avian Research. 2021

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

624361
xeno-canto.org
Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Klaas Felix Jachmann 13-6-2008 Vlas'evo, Khabarovsky krai (Russian Federation) (20 m) song (A) -   40151
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Lars Edenius 2017-06-01 Turukhansky District, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Krasnoyarsky krai (Russian Federation) (20 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

376536
xeno-canto.org
Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Swetlana Meshcheryagina 2020-02-06 Tashtypskiy Rayon, Respúblika Khakásiya, Tashtypskiy rayon (Russian Federation) (850 m) female, male-like vocalization, song -

the same female as on the XC624322, XC624308, XC624310

Female originated from the nest of Western Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus (trochiloides) viridanus found in Khakassia (Khakassia Nature Reserve, Maly Abakan: 52.059° N, 89.597° E). The female has held in captivity up to now. The individual has grey morph of plumage. Female emitted bubbling calls (XC624316).

For more information, see:

Meshcheryagina S., Opaev A. Previously unknown behavior in parasitic cuckoo females: male-like vocalization during migratory activity // Avian Research. 2021

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

624312
xeno-canto.org
Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Frank Lambert 2012-07-13 Maoershan (nr Forest Research Station), Heilongjiang Province, Heilongjiang (China) (360 m) call -

There are sevearl varied calls of the cuckoo on this track, but these are not the normal song. The same bird as on XC114545

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

114546
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Swetlana Meshcheryagina 2019-07-26 Mirnoye, Turukhansky District, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Turukhanskiy rayon (Russian Federation) (30 m) adult, bubbling call, female -

Female was mist-netted as adult in Krasnoyarsk Krai (Enisei Ecological station ‘Mirnoe’ of Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution: 62.289° N, 88.977° E) on 25 June 2016. The female has held in captivity up to now. The individual has rufous morph of plumage. Female laid an egg in captivity. Female emitted male-like vocalization (XC624326, XC624329).

For more information, see:

Meshcheryagina S., Opaev A. Previously unknown behavior in parasitic cuckoo females: male-like vocalization during migratory activity // Avian Research. 2021

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

624365
xeno-canto.org
Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Frank Lambert 2013-06-21 Asahidake Ski LIft, bottom, Hokkaido Prefecture, Hokkaido (Japan) (1100 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

155675
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Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Swetlana Meshcheryagina 2020-02-21 Tashtypskiy Rayon, Respúblika Khakásiya, Tashtypskiy rayon (Russian Federation) (850 m) female, male-like vocalization, song -

the same female as on the XC624322, XC624310, XC624312

Female originated from the nest of Western Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus (trochiloides) viridanus found in Khakassia (Khakassia Nature Reserve, Maly Abakan: 52.059° N, 89.597° E). The female has held in captivity up to now. The individual has grey morph of plumage. Female emitted bubbling calls (XC624316).

For more information, see:

Meshcheryagina S., Opaev A. Previously unknown behavior in parasitic cuckoo females: male-like vocalization during migratory activity // Avian Research. 2021

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

624308
xeno-canto.org
Oriental Cuckoo - Cuculus optatus Peter Boesman 2015-06-02 Oketo Lake forest, Hokkaido, Hokkaido (Japan) song - [sono] 286228
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