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Pied Cuckoo

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    29th Jul, 2020
  • Pied cuckoo is a bird with black and white plumage (pied) with a fancy crest on the head.
  • It is found in Africa and Asia.
  • In central and northern parts of India, pied cuckoos are migratory, they are seen only from just before the monsoon to early winter.
  • They have high site fidelity, that is, they come back to the same location year after year.
  • It is one of the few species that come to India in the summer; most other migratory species come in winter.
  • IUCN Status of the bird is Least Concerned.
  • Recently, Wildlife Institute of India (WII), has decided to study the migration of the Pied Cuckoo Bird by tagging the bird with satellite transmitters, as a part of IBIN project.
  • This is the first study in the country that seeks to trace and observe the migratory routes of the pied cuckoo.
  • It will give information on the monsoon, changes in the monsoon and monsoon winds, erratic rainfall, seasonal fluctuations, water vapour pressure, etc.

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