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Pheasant Coucal

Centropus phasianinus melanurus

Description:

A large 'pheasant-like', ground-dwelling cuckoo, the Pheasant Coucal has a long tail and short rounded wings. In its breeding plumage, it has a black head, neck and underbody with the upperparts and wings reddish-brown with black and cream barring and the black tail is barred orange. Out of breeding, the head and back return to a reddish chestnut colour and the underparts are cinnamon brown, with all streaked boldly white. The eye is red.

Habitat:

Hangs about in the yard at home.

Notes:

I have been wondering if this one of the youngsters, from March earlier this year, all grown up...(spotting: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/144...). Reference: 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 Oct 20, 2015
Submitted on Oct 20, 2015

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