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Cacomantis

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Cuculiformes
Familia: Cuculidae
Subfamilia: Cuculinae
Genus: Cacomantis
Species: C. castaneiventris - C. flabelliformis - C. heinrichi - C. merulinus - C. passerinus - C. sepulcralis - C. sonneratii - C. variolosus

Name

Cacomantis Muller, 1843

Cacomantis is a genus of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. The genus name is derived from the Greek kakos meaning evil or ill-boding and mantis for prophet and is derived from their association with "rains" being supposed to be predict ill fortune and bad weather. Most of them have a round nostril and are mainly in brown and gray colours. The tails are graduated and barred. The bars are transverse in sonneratii and oblique in all others.[1]

It contains the following species:

* Banded Bay Cuckoo, Cacomantis sonneratii
* Plaintive Cuckoo, Cacomantis merulinus
* Rusty-breasted Cuckoo, Cacomantis sepulcralis
* Grey-bellied Cuckoo, Cacomantis passerinus
* Brush Cuckoo, Cacomantis variolosus
* Moluccan Cuckoo, Cacomantis heinrichi
* Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo, Cacomantis castaneiventris
* Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Cacomantis flabelliformis

The Pallid Cuckoo and White-crowned Cuckoo are also sometimes placed in this genus.[1]

References

1. ^ a b Payne, RB (2005). The Cuckoos. Oxford University Press. p. 422

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