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The Greater Coucal

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Uploaded on Jul 8, 2010

******** About this greater coucal video, when I started filming there were three on the ground and I was able to flim only one. The sound track you hear is the original sound that I heard when I was filming. from the other two Coucals who were making their calls from another tree.
The other bird sounds that you hear are from a Peacock & a Golden Oriole among several other birds ********

Greater Coucal
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The Greater Coucal or the Crow Pheasant (Centropus sinensis) is a non-parasitic member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. It is a widespread resident in Asia, from India, east to south China and Indonesia. There are several subspecies with some treated as full species. It found in wide range of habitats from jungle to cultivation.

They are weak fliers that clamber in vegetation or walk on the ground searching for their food of insects, eggs and nestlings of other birds. They have a deep resonant call that makes it a bird that brings omen in many parts of its range.

This is a large species at 48 cm. The head is black, upper mantle and underside are purplish black. The back and wings are chestnut brown. There are no pale shaft streaks on the coverts. The eyes are ruby red. Juveniles are duller black with spots on the crown and there are whitish bars on the underside and tail.

Behaviour and ecology
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The Greater Coucal is a large bird which takes a wide range of insects, caterpillars and small vertebrates (including Saw-scaled vipers. They are also known to eat bird eggs, nestlings, fruits and seeds.

They sunbathe in the mornings singly or in pairs on the top of vegetation with their wings spread out. The territory of a nesting pair has been found in southern India to be 0.9 to 7.2 ha They are most active in the warm hours of the morning and in the late afternoon.

The calls are a booming low coop-coop-coops repeated and with variations and some duets between individuals. When duetting the female has a lower pitched call. Other calls include a rapid rattling "lotok, lotok ..." and a harsh scolding "skaah" and a hissing threat call.

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