''Pheasant Coucal'' by bowenite

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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. Sexes are similar in plumage, but females are larger than males. Young birds look like paler, non-breeding adults with orange spots on the head, neck and upper body. 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. Photo taken in Bowen NQ Australia with a Canon 5D MKII and Canon 500MM Lens with Canon 1.4 Extender.


  • Sue  Fellows
    Sue Fellowsalmost 4 years ago

    Boy that was quick!!!…Awesome capture, Gordon.. :-))

  • Thanks Sue. Birds must be scarce when I have to resort to our elusive Pheasant.

    – bowenite

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesalmost 4 years ago

    Amazing shot!

  • Thank you for commenting DottieDees.

    – bowenite

  • Sue  Fellows
    Sue Fellowsalmost 4 years ago

    The exceptional colour and detail you’ve captured in his wings, really makes this guy stand out from the rest of his feathered friends!!… :-))

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayalmost 4 years ago

    Outstanding capture & bird!!

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...almost 4 years ago


  • CarolM
    CarolMalmost 4 years ago

    My first look at this kind of bird. He’s beautiful and your photograph has wonderful detail and I love that you caught him showing off those awesome wings. Excellent!!!

  • elena7
    elena7almost 4 years ago

    that’s awesome.great shot

  • Rick Playle
    Rick Playlealmost 4 years ago

    This is a really great capture
    love the colours and detail
    cheers Rick

  • trevorb
    trevorbalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic image.Great light on the wings.Well done.

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot, really gorgeous …. especially given how ‘nervous’ they are!

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