Backyard Foraging by byronbackyard

A regular and one of a pair in my backyard, I call them the ‘wooping’ birds because they make a woop woop noise when they’re breeding.
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.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 4 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture,well done!

    1 Day 18 Oct

  • Many thanks Magaret!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture and information, I have never seen one of these

  • Many thanks Andrea, you’ll have to visit my backyard, there’s a pair!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Wow what an unusual bird ! great capture

  • Many thanks, they are indeed a very unusual bird but quite common here!

    – byronbackyard

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoover 4 years ago

    I like the unusual stance. Nice one.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 4 years ago

    Wow… a great photo!!!!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • mosaicavenues
    mosaicavenuesover 4 years ago

    wonderful capture

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    October 22, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

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