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Pheasant Coucal (juvenile)

Centropus phasianinus melanurus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

This is the spotting of the adult: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/144... 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: http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/phea...

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armadeus.4
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armadeus.4

Western Australia, Australia

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

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