Common Hawk Cuckoo Hierococcyx varius DSC 5681 (2)
Common Hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx varius)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Cuculiformes
Family Cuculidae
Genus Hierococcyx

Hierococcyx or hawk-cuckoos, is a genus of cuckoos in the Cuculidae family. There name comes from the resemblance to hawks gives this group the generic name of hawk-cuckoos hence the name.

It is sometimes included in the genus Cuculus.


The genus consists of the following species:

Dark Hawk-cuckoo (Wardlaw-Ramsay, 1886) (Hierococcyx bocki)
Malaysian Hawk-cuckoo (Horsfield, 1821) (Hierococcyx fugax)
Rufous Hawk-cuckoo (Gould, 1856) (Hierococcyx hyperythrus)
Hodgson's Hawk-cuckoo (Horsfield, 1821) (Hierococcyx nisicolor)
Philippine Hawk-cuckoo (Cabanis & Heine, 1863) (Hierococcyx pectoralis)
Large Hawk-cuckoo (Vigors, 1832) (Hierococcyx sparverioides)
Moustached Hawk-cuckoo (Müller, 1845) (Hierococcyx vagans)
Common Hawk-cuckoo (Vahl, 1797) (Hierococcyx varius)
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