Oriental Cuckoo / Cuculus optatus

Oriental Cuckoo / Cuculus optatus

Oriental Cuckoo

SCI Name:  Cuculus optatus
Protonym:  Cuculus optatus Proc.Zool.Soc.London Pt13 no.145 p.18
Taxonomy:  Cuculiformes / Cuculidae /
Taxonomy Code:  oricuc2
Type Locality:  Port Essington, Northern Territory.
Publish Year:  1845
IUCN Status:  


(Cuculidae; Ϯ Common Cuckoo C. canorus) L. cuculus  cuckoo. "52. CUCULUS.  Rostrum teretiusculum.  Nares margine prominulæ.  Lingua sagittata, plana, integra." (Linnaeus 1758); "Cuculus Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. 10, 1, 1758, p. 110. Type, by tautonymy, Cuculus canorus Linné (Cuculus, prebinomial specific name in synonymy.)" (Peters, 1940, IV, p. 14). Linnaeus's Cuculus comprised eight species (C. canorus, C. Persa, C. Vetula, C. glandarius, C. scolopaceus, C. niger, C. americanus, C. auratus). Together with the arrival of the Barn Swallow, the distinctive calls of the Common Cuckoo are traditionally and widely regarded as the harbingers of springtime throughout Europe.   
Var. Cucculus, CuculisCuculuc.   
Synon. Coccyx, Edolius, Melanococcyx, Multivoculus, Nicoclarius, Notococcyx, Surniculoides, Versiculus.

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