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Large bird. Clumsy flier. Body black. Wings rust coloured. Crow like beak but pheasant-like tail that may be spread like a blunt fan. Eye is like a gleaming ruby gem. Enjoying a breakfast of young toad. Poor Frog (Toad) Prince met a grisly end with its innards eaten already.
On a wall studded with broken bits of glass to deter intruders. Outside the wall is a patch of land lying abandoned for years. This is where I often spot a few species of birds including this Crow pheasant.
It has a resonant call. Kubo pakhi (bird) in Bangla. Apparently, in British India, the newly arrived sahibs often mistook it for a pheasant but discovered that it was disgusting in flavour. They gave it the nickname of "Griff's pheasant" I could not find out who poor Griff was.
Spotted on May 21, 2019
Submitted on May 21, 2019
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