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Greater Coucal

Centropus sinensis


Large bird. Clumsy flier. Red eyes like rubies. Rust coloured wings. Black feathers on tail and head.


This bird hides in vegetation. The house but one next to mine is in ruins because no one has stayed here for over 30 is overgrown with vegetation and a place for mongoose, snakes and shy birds. The Crow pheasant or Coucal flies up to my rooftop terrace and drinks water that I put out or picks up what little fruit is left after the civet cat's visit at night. I sometimes see the pair walking along my boundary wall into my neighbour's garden. Today it was at my neighbour's house when I spotted it. It was checking out her potted plants for insects and earthworms I thought. The moment it saw flew straight over my head to hide in the leaves of the Polyalthia longifolia that dad had planted just touching our boundary wall..the tree is about as tall as the rooftop from there to our terrace is just a hop and a skip (no jump). It is such a poor flier (heavy body) that I could have grasped its legs if I had done a standing jump as it flew over my head...but I was so thrilled...I sort of froze...transfixed, I suppose.


Has a deep resonant call. It goes Koob...Koob...Koob. So in Bengal we call it Koobo pakhi (pakhi is a generic term for bird) It is a good hunter too :

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SukanyaDatta a year ago

Ha, ha Doc, Good is indeed a terror for lizards and toads who never see it coming. For such a shy bird it is a really good hunter. I have seen it catch prey quite a few times when I used to go for morning walks. Hope you are keeping well, your vaccine I hope.

DrNamgyalTSherpa a year ago

Wow Sukanya, that must be a real terror!

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Thank you Mel.

Mel11 a year ago

Lovely series and great notes. Thanks for sharing Sukanya

SukanyaDatta a year ago

Thanks, Zlatan. This is a shy bird so I was lucky to have seen it.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Gosh - I love these guys. Great shot and spotting, Sukanya.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Feb 22, 2021
Submitted on Feb 22, 2021

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