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Pheasant Coucal (juvenile)

Centropus phasianinus melanurus


This is a juvenile! Young birds (look like paler, non-breeding adults) i.e. head and back return to a reddish chestnut colour and the underparts are cinnamon brown, with all streaked boldly white. The eye is red. They have orange spots on the head, neck and upper body.


Running around in my front yard with another young one plus an adult (the black blur to the left).


This is the spotting of the adult: Interesting fact: This is the only member of the cuckoo family that actually builds its own nest and raises its own young! My partner and I were sitting in the loungeroom and could hear this incessant hissing sound. Eventually I got up to look out of the window and there was an adult with two young! I watched the adult run around and catch grasshoppers and feed them! I'm not sure if the adult was a male or female. First reference for identification: The Michael Morcombe eGuide to Australian Birds, Mobile App. Reference:

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Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Mar 22, 2015
Submitted on Mar 28, 2015

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