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Plaintive Cuckoo

Cacomantis merulinus

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A small and slender cuckoo, far more often heard than seen; the male's accelerating song decreases in volume as it progresses, a few whistled long notes followed by shorter, breathy notes. Adult male and typical (non-hepatic) female show orange belly, gray head, and brown back and tail. Hepatic, or rufous-morph, individuals are rusty brown above and white below, with black barring all over the body. Inhabits open woodlands, edges, and agricultural areas.

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