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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


Cacomantis Muller, 1843

Cacomantis is a genus of cuckoo in the family Cuculidae. 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]

The genus Cacomantis was introduced in 1843 by the German naturalist Salomon Müller with the plaintive cuckoo as the type species.[2][3] The genus name is from the Ancient Greek kakomantis meaning "prophet of doom".[4]


The genus contains ten species:[5]

Pallid cuckoo, Cacomantis pallidus
White-crowned cuckoo, Cacomantis leucolophus
Chestnut-breasted cuckoo, Cacomantis castaneiventris
Fan-tailed cuckoo, Cacomantis flabelliformis
Banded bay cuckoo, Cacomantis sonneratii
Plaintive cuckoo, Cacomantis merulinus
Grey-bellied cuckoo, Cacomantis passerinus
Brush cuckoo, Cacomantis variolosus
Rusty-breasted cuckoo, Cacomantis sepulcralis
Moluccan cuckoo, Cacomantis aeruginosus


Payne, RB (2005). The Cuckoos. Oxford University Press. p. 422
Müller, Salomon (1843). Verhandelingen over de natuurlijke geschiedenis (in Dutch). Volume 1: Land-en Volkenkunde. Leiden: In commissie bij. S. en J. Luchtmans en C.C. van der Hoek. p. 177, Footnote.
Peters, James Lee, ed. (1940). Check-List of Birds of the World. Volume 4. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 22.
Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 82. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (July 2021). "Turacos, bustards, cuckoos, mesites, sandgrouse". IOC World Bird List Version 11.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 August 2021.

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