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Pheasant Coucal

Centropus phasianinus

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:

Pine plantation

Notes:

When disturbed, coucals run rather than fly, or fly clumsily, plunging into cover. Unlike most other cuckoos, the Pheasant Coucal is not a nest parasite.

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RachaelB
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RachaelB

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Aug 1, 2013
Submitted on Aug 31, 2013

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