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Size: Similar to that of a myna. It is a slender, long-tailed, crested, black-and-white bird. White neck and underside. White spot on wing.Pointed crest. Long tail with white tipped outer feather.
Light woodland, scrub, gardens.
The advent of the monsoon has for generations been associated with the appearance of the Pied Cuckoo in many parts of India. The strong association between the Pied Cuckoo and rain is part of Indian folklore, in which this species is described as a harbinger of the monsoon. Ancient Hindu poetry refers to Pied Cuckoos as 'chatak',who live on drops of rain.