Native Animals

Cacomantis merulinus

Plaintive Cuckoo
LC
Least Concern
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
ver 3.1, 2016
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SSN 20964
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Description

A fairly small cuckoo measuring about 21-23 centimetres in length, Cacomantis merulinus is a species of bird belonging to family Cuculidae. This species is commonly known as the plaintive cuckoo. It inhabits forest edges, open woodlands, scrubs, grasslands, farmlands, parks and gardens. The plaintiff cuckoo mostly feeds on insects such as beetles, bugs, termites and numerous soft-bodies species. It may take some fruits too.

The male has grey–brown upper plumage, orange below plumage, pale grey head, throat and upper breast, dark greyish brown mantle and wings, white-tipped tail feathers, orange-yellowish legs and feet, red eyes and yellowish bill below and black above. While the female mostly resembles the male; but often occurs in a "hepatic" morph with a reddish-brown upper plumage with dark bars. Its plumages below are paler with fainter barring. It also has a light stripe over its eyes and the tail is barred along the entire length. The juvenile looks like the hepatic female but is duller and has dark streaks instead of bars on the crown and throat.

As numerous cuckoos, the plaintive cuckoo is a brood parasite. It favours laying its eggs in the closed nests with a narrow entrance, built by small passerines such as ioras, prinias, cisticolas and tailorbirds. The eggs are similar to those of the host species but are larger.

Habitats

No Description Suitability Seasonality
1
Artificial - Terrestrial → Arable Land
Suitable Non-breeding
2
Artificial - Terrestrial → Arable Land
Suitable Breeding
3
Artificial - Terrestrial → Pastureland
Suitable Non-breeding
4
Artificial - Terrestrial → Pastureland
Suitable Breeding
5
Artificial - Terrestrial → Rural Gardens
Suitable Non-breeding
6
Artificial - Terrestrial → Rural Gardens
Suitable Breeding
7
Artificial - Terrestrial → Subtropical/Tropical Heavily Degraded Former Forest
Suitable Non-breeding
8
Artificial - Terrestrial → Subtropical/Tropical Heavily Degraded Former Forest
Suitable Breeding
9
Forest → Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland Forest
Suitable Breeding
10
Forest → Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland Forest
Suitable Non-breeding
11
Grassland → Subtropical/Tropical Dry Lowland Grassland
Suitable Non-breeding
12
Grassland → Subtropical/Tropical Dry Lowland Grassland
Suitable Breeding
13
Shrubland → Subtropical/Tropical Dry Shrubland
Suitable Non-breeding
14
Shrubland → Subtropical/Tropical Dry Shrubland
Suitable Breeding
15
Shrubland → Subtropical/Tropical Moist Shrubland
Suitable Non-breeding
16
Shrubland → Subtropical/Tropical Moist Shrubland
Suitable Breeding
References : http://www.iucnredlist.org/technical-documents/classification-schemes/habitats-classification-scheme-ver3

Assessment

Year Published Assessment Red List Category Version
2016 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
3.1
2012 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
N/A
2009 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
N/A
2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
N/A
2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
N/A
2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
N/A
1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
N/A
1988 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
N/A

Location

by State Location
  • Johore 1
  • Kedah 1
  • Kelantan 1
  • Pahang 2
  • Penang 1
  • Perak 1
  • Selangor 2
  • Federal Territories of Putrajaya 2
Based on publications, specimens, and images

Biodiversity Experts

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Abdul Rahman (Mr.)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
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  • Environment
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Azmi Mat Ali (Mr.)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
  • Birds (Taxonomy)
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Wildlife Trade
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Farah Shafawati Mohd Taib (Dr.)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
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  • Mammals
  • Rodents
  • Treeshrews
  • Squirrels
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Ismail Bin Hj. Mamat (Mr.)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
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Meor Amran Bin Meor Zulkifilee (Mr.)
Birdgroup Taman Negara (BGTN)
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Mohammad Shahfiz Azman (Mr.)
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
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Mohd Abdul Muin Bin Md Akil (Mr.)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
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Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
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Rosli Hashim (Prof. Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
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Rosli Ramli (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
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Syaizwan Zahmir Zulkifli (Dr.)
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
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Chapter in book
  1. Inventori Hidupan Liar di Putrajaya. In Pelan Pengurusan Hidupan Liar Putrajaya. PERHILITAN & Perbadanan Putrajaya. pp. 1-52.
Unpublish
  1. Birds of Tembeling Hornbill Valley (2019)

Acknowledgements :- Mr. Abdul Razak Mohd Nor Rasid, Ms. Aida Salihah Binti Abu Bakar, Ms. Ajla Rafidah Baharom, Mr. Allen Jeyarajasingam, Mrs. Aziemah Binti Kinan, Mr. Badrul Amin Bin Jaffar, Ms. Fatin Farisha Binti Mohd Jamil, Ms. Fatin Qurratul 'ain Binti Saberam, Ms. Intan Nazira Binti Abdul Sani, Ms. Norayuni Binti Ramlee, Mrs. Nur Hazwanie Binti Abd Halim, Ms. Nurfadzilah Bt Azmi, Ms. Nurfarhana Hizan Binti Hijas, Ms. Nurliyana Binti Abd Rahman, Ms. Nursyafiqa Madzlen, Ms. Nurul Atikah Abu Bakar, Mr. Simon Kuyun, Ms. Siti Zubaidah Binti Abdul Latif, Mr. Tan Kok Kiat & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

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