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Greater Coucal

Centropus sinensis


The Greater Coucal or Crow Pheasant (Centropus sinensis) is a large non-parasitic member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. A widespread resident in Asia, from India, east to south China and Indonesia, it is divided into several subspecies, some being treated as full species. They are large, crow-like with a long tail and coppery brown wings and found in wide range of habitats from jungle to cultivation and urban gardens. They are weak fliers, and are often seen clambering about in vegetation or walking on the ground as they forage for insects, eggs and nestlings of other birds. They have a familiar deep resonant call which is associated with omens in many parts of its range.(

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AndresDuarte 7 years ago

Wow, beautiful photo. Someday I'll spot a bird in flight, maybe not a superb shot like that, by now I just wish a good spot at flight.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago


JillBlack 7 years ago

Love the wing colour

alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Beautiful spotting!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Great catch Hemant.... never seen such Great view of this amazing Bird in such view of flight we called Bharadwaj....

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Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Spotted on Sep 25, 2012
Submitted on Sep 25, 2012

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