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Crow Pheasant with prey

Centropus sinensis

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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.

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29 Comments (1–25)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a week ago

Thank you triggsturner...this is such a logical explanation...I have tried goggling but nothing came up...Really happy to have it tied up....hatr loose ends.

triggsturner
triggsturner a week ago

I don't know if it is related but Griffs is often the shortened name for the Griffon hunting/retieving dog breed. Perhaps they thought the bird was only good for feeding the dogs with?

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a week ago

Thank you triggsturner.

triggsturner
triggsturner a week ago

Congrats Sukanya on your SOTW. Only just discovered it. Lovely series, well done.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a week ago

Thanks SukanyaDatta!!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a week ago

Thank you, Hema, Michael Strydom and Malcolm Wilton-Jones for your kind words.
@ Malcolm Wilton-JonesIt indeed also known as Greater Coucal and I tagged it as coucal.
@ Michael Strydom...Congratulations on your nominations...fingers crossed and Hema, tomar Bangla bhishon bhalo!!!

Good catch, congratulations. I've always known this bird by its other name of Greater Coucal.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a week ago

Awsom spotting with prey. Congrats on SOTW!!

Hema
Hema a week ago

Congratulations my buddy with yummy treats like Amla and Starfruit!!Great spotting !Khuup Bhaalo AAchi!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 weeks ago

Thanks Brian...and Neil, I NEVER thought of that possibility that Griff Sahib fed it to the other sahibs Hee hee hee...most likely you may have described what happened...and thanks for the kind words. Getting SOTW for something you photographed on your morning walk...how lucky can you get!!

Brian38
Brian38 2 weeks ago

Congratulations Sukanya. Great spotting!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 weeks ago

Poor ole Griff was probably the one who fed the sahibs the pheasant, hence the "poor ole..."? Congratulations on your much-deserved SOTW, Sukanya. This is a great spotting.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 weeks ago

Thank you, PN. You made my day! Thank you Tukup and I am sure Poor ole Griff whoever he was is saying Thank You too.

Tukup
Tukup 2 weeks ago

Way to go Sukanya! It looks like you zoomed in on the red eye just right :-) Congratulations. Well done.

Congratulations SukanyaDatta, your crow pheasant, Centropus sinensis, has been voted Project Noah’s Spotting of the Week!


With striking red eyes, this bird was beautifully spotted by SukanyaDatta in West Bengal, India. The crow pheasant is a non-migratory bird found mostly in India, China and Indonesia. Here feasting on a small frog, this bird has a wide diet including insects, bird eggs, nestlings, fruits, seeds, caterpillars and small vertebrates.


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SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 weeks ago

YEAH! 40 X Optical zoom in a hand-held. I am a total Zoom-fanatic. You'll get used to the camera's idiosyncrasies and the weight and then it will be like an extension of your hand. Good luck.

Tukup
Tukup 2 weeks ago

I got the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS. I like it except the shutter doesn't work when you press all the way down, but when you let up. That's going to take some getting used to. I've already missed a couple shots thinking when I depressed it the whole way the picture was taken. It's got a GREAT zoon thought :-)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 weeks ago

Thank you Tulup...what camera did you buy? Looking forward to more
Of your
fantastic spottings.

Tukup
Tukup 2 weeks ago

Great series and notes Sukanya. I've been off for a while so belated congratulations on your nomination for SOTW. Fantastic fotos. FYI-I have my new camera now so hope I can get some closer shots of birds. Gotta keep those lists growing :-)

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 a month ago

It's the eye...that intense red eye! I'm with everybody else, who was this poor Griff?! Thank you for sharing Sukanya! :) Liana

AshleyT
AshleyT a month ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a month ago

Will need a powerful masala if you catch up with him.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a month ago

Thanks Neil.WHO Was this Grif?

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a month ago

Wonderful series, Sukanya. Griff's long gone, no doubt. That red eye is intense!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a month ago

Thank you, Zlatan.

SukanyaDatta
Spotted by
SukanyaDatta

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Lat: 22.57, Long: 88.36

Spotted on May 21, 2019
Submitted on May 21, 2019

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