Pied Cuckoo animated map

This entry was posted Saturday, 16 July, 2011 at 10:22 am

In the Pied Cuckoo campaign, MigrantWatchers have contributed 363 sightings of this wonderful species so far (until 15 July 2011). A summary of these sightings from places to where the Pied Cuckoo migrates shows that it does, by-and-large, arrive in advance of the monsoon, but the exact dates are variable.

Pied Cuckoo animated mapTo illustrate the general pattern of migration of this species, we have put together this animated map, which shows the progression of Pied Cuckoo migration across the country in advance of the monsoon.

This animation has been made by selecting March-to-July sightings from all Pied Cuckoo reports in the MigrantWatch database between 1 July 2007 and 15 July 2011. To compare these sightings with the onset of the monsoon, we have also added in lines depicting the normal onset of the monsoon (digitised from a map available from IMD Pune).

In March and April, almost all sightings are from southern India, where the species is known to be resident year-round. This remains so until the middle of May. In the third week of May, the first migrant sightings appear, in the West and the North-east. As the monsoon hits the Andamans, the first birds in northern India are seen. More and more birds are subsequently seen across the West, North and East. By the time the monsoon reaches Kerala (in the first week of June), Pied Cuckoos are everywhere, except perhaps the extreme West and North-West.

Where are the gaps in information? Do you see patterns that would be interesting to follow up? Do leave a comment below.

Thanks, of course, to all MigrantWatchers who have contributed their Pied Cuckoo sightings!

20 Comments to Pied Cuckoo animated map

  1. Wg Cdr Yella Prakash Rao (retd) says:

    July 16th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I spotted one pied cuckoo in front of my house between 08-10 Jul 2011 at about 0830h. The coordinates of the tree where it landed are 17d 30′ 47.15”N and 078d 32’36.32”E.

  2. digambar gadgil says:

    July 16th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    this is fine work.there are vacant areas.perhaPS sighting reports have not been sent.i was not knowing that it is resident in some parts of south

  3. satyendra Tiwari says:

    July 17th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    We saw Pied Cuckoo in our Garden from first week of July till 16th July 2011.
    We live in Tala village of Umaria District M.P.

  4. Jagdish Katkar says:

    July 18th, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Ecelllent scientific work, may be this work one day will help us predict the El Nino cycle and the droughts.

  5. Dr. shaju Thomas says:

    July 18th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Wonderful. This is how academic research flourish with the scientific temper of the literate citizens in a country. Kudos to the leaders and the contributors. Let us keep it up.

  6. ganesh sonar says:

    July 19th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I spotted 4 pied cuckoos in North Maharashtra university campus jalgaon,on 11th july they followed by jungle babler

  7. Sandeep says:

    July 25th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Since you said that the species is resident year-round in southern India, is there any evidence that the Pied Cuckoo actually migrates from Africa? The next step would be to capture a few of them and analyze their stomach DNA or some thing. ( I am not a biologist; I am sure there are other methods!)

    You could also canvas for volunteers in the neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal to be more comprehensive.

  8. Janardhan Reddy says:

    July 26th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    sighted 2 pied crested cuckoos near Golconda Fort, Hyderabad on 24th july 2011. One sighting in flight.


  9. Narendra Gaekwad says:

    July 27th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I have spotted a pied cuckoo near akkalkot new palace on 12 jul.11

  10. S Srinidhi says:

    October 20th, 2011 at 4:08 am

    I spotted one near Coimbatore in first week of June and was really exited thinking I have spotted it first. But, the books said that they are resident in the area.
    I had spotted the same bird in Delhi in third week of april last year. I don’t know, if the group can consider into its data.

  11. anil mahajan says:

    November 18th, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I spotted 13 pied crested cuckoo in OFV and Hatnur Dam in July second week and also observed nest of Large grey Babbler that in chick of pied crested cuckoo and feeding by babbler, I documented this event and photographed also.

  12. MigrantWatch says:

    November 18th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Dear Anil – wonderful observation! Would you be able to contribute this sighting through your MigrantWatch account, and upload one or two photos to accompany it? The photos would then be part of a permanent repository of images of migrants in the MW photo gallery.

    Many thanks

  13. Bijoy.K.I. says:

    May 31st, 2012 at 5:30 pm

  14. Mohit Sahu says:

    June 14th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    My address
    H-17,Anupam nagar Raipur-492007
    At this place this is my 3rd.sighting of Pied crested cuckoo
    3.14-6-12 at 6.10 p.m.
    Sighting was reported to state co-ordinator Mr.Arun Bharos.

  15. Rajeev Shukl says:

    July 4th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    i spotted one pair of pied cuckoo in visit to my village on 23-24 june 2012. Village is Nimchaena , distt-Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh . It ws told tht it is sighted in this season. Will upload Sighting history
    aftr gathering information.

  16. Aisha Sultana says:

    September 8th, 2012 at 6:45 am

    I am sighting Pied Cuckoo in Aravalli Biodiversity Park, New Delhi since June and still it is here in September.


    October 20th, 2012 at 4:22 am

    I spotted a pied cuckoo on 07-10-2012 at in between 10.00am to 10.30(same bird four times) at Canal Side east side of Venkidangu of Enamavu Kole Wetland, Thrissur Dist, Kerala state.

  18. anand sharma says:

    February 12th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    am interested in monitoring of pied crested cukooo as am a weather man at Dehra Dun.

  19. migrantwatch says:

    February 12th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Dear Sir, excellent to hear of your interest! Do tell us if we can help in any way. For a link to all Pied Cuckoo analyses on this blog, please click here.

  20. Induchoodan Amalath says:

    September 8th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Dear All.

    Today 08/09/2013 @ 11.15(around)I have sighted a Pied Crested Cuckoo at Enamavu Kole Wetlands, Thrissur District, Kerala.

    The bird sighted at almost 1.5km east side of Enamavu Channel Bund. The climate is Partially cloudy.


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