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The Jacobin cuckoo, pied cuckoo, or pied crested cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus) names jacobinus and Jacobin refer to the pied plumage which resembles the black and white garments of monks belonging to the Dominican Order. In France Dominicans were known as Jacobins. Found in sub-Saharan Africa, India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, it is partially migratory and in India it has been considered a harbinger of the monsoon rains due to the timing of its arrival. The Jacobin cuckoo is a brood parasite and lays eggs in the nest of host birds like babblers.
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