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Male Greater Coucal

The Greater Coucal or Crow Pheasant (Centropus sinensis) is a large non-parasitic member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. A widespread resident in Asia, from India, east to south China and Indonesia.

Some interesting information about the bird:
1. They are weak fliers, and are often seen clambering about in vegetation or walking on the ground. They are brisk walkers.
2. They eat a wide range of insects, caterpillars and small vertebrates. They are also known to eat bird eggs, nestlings, fruits and seeds.
3. Greater Coucals are monogamous, and the courtship display involves chases on the ground and the male brings food gifts for the female. The female lowers her tail and droops her wings to signal acceptance. The nest is built mostly by the male over about three to eight days.
4. The calls are booming low coop-coop-coops, the reason why the bird is called Uppan in Kerala.
5. The bird is associated with many superstitions and beliefs. The deep calls are associated with spirits and omens.

Information courtesy: Wikepedia


  1. Brilliant Shot i like your pic, nice look.

  2. I would hope that the bird can walk briskly if he isn't a great flier. Some kitty cat might be attracted to this pretty creature. You got some great photos in Kerala.

  3. what a gorgeous bird! beautiful photo!

  4. Beautiful capture of this colorful and interesting bird! Those eyes!

  5. Nice to know that the bird is monogamous one :)
    Awesome bird!

  6. Gorgeous bird and terrific capture. I love that added a few bits of information about these beauties.

  7. Kind of like the raven on British Columbia that has lots of spiritual associations. Very interesting feather shapes and colours. - Margy

  8. What a beautiful colorful bird.

  9. I like the 5th line, and love to hear all these associations with spirits and omens.

  10. great picture, perfect pose

  11. Amazing color combination! Wonderful capture, Shiju. Thank you for sharing at Your Sunday Best this week.

  12. Beautiful colors. I enjoyed reading the bird facts. Nice post!

  13. Perfect focus, great colors and overall photo.

  14. What a beautiful and special bird, well captured. Thanks for the informations I did not know so far. I think he is a Roadrunner :-)

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