Pied Cuckoo - (Clamator jacobinus) - The monsoon trip to Nepal


Jacobin cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus), pied cuckoo,  pied crested cuckoo

The Jacobin cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus), pied cuckoo or pied crested cuckoo is a member of the cuckoo order of birds that is found in Africa and Asia. It is partially migratory and in India, it has been considered a harbinger of the monsoon rains due to the timing of its arrival.[2] It has been associated with a bird in Indian mythology and poetry, known as the chataka (Sanskrit: चातक) represented as a bird with a beak on its head that waits for rains to quench its thirst.

The Pied Cuckoo, a summer visitor, flies all the way from Sub-Saharan Africa with the monsoon winds. They make their trail with the monsoon winds and come to Nepal and stay here during summer and go back to their native land with the end of the monsoon. We call them ‘Jure Koili’ in Nepal, which is also an indicator of the rainy season. 

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