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. . 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.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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australian, bird, centropus phasianinus, coucal, cuckoo, native, pheasant

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Comments

  • Clive
    Cliveabout 4 years ago

    Such a wonderful capture my friend great colour and detail, well captured

  • Thanks Clive (of the great good fortune, wooo hooo). I call them the wooping bird because in breeding season you hear them all the time going woop woop woop … you can guess what they’re saying!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

    What a gorgeous bird! Great capture!

  • Thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • Clive
    Cliveabout 4 years ago

    Surely can imagine what their call is saying….lol….Appreciate your compliment there my friend

  • DragonflyDancer
    DragonflyDancerabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful find and capture, Clive!

  • DragonflyDancer
    DragonflyDancerabout 4 years ago

    I mean, Byron, sorry!

  • Lol, thanks, no worries!

    – byronbackyard

  • Lyrebird
    Lyrebirdabout 4 years ago

    i love these birds, used to see them alot on bush trips and escaping bushfires when i was little. Very lovely tails they have

  • Many thanks, I love them too, there’s a pair here!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparabout 4 years ago

    Great shot, Byron and lovely colours!!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    Great capture, new for me!

  • Many thanks, I love it when I find a new bird!

    – byronbackyard

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago

    Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group.
    What an unusual sight to see!

  • Many thanks, there’s a pair here but very hard to get a good shot! They’re very timid!

    – byronbackyard

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