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


pheasant coucal, centropus phasianinus, ground dwelling, australian, native bird, backyard, cuckoo

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  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosalmost 4 years ago

    How fabulous……so bright and vibrant.

  • Many thanks, they’re beautiful when they’re in their breeding plumage!

    – byronbackyard

  • minniemanx
    minniemanxalmost 4 years ago

    You are lucky to have them come to your backyard, we have them here but I rarely see them, I only hear them in the bush across the road. Lovely shot.

  • Many thanks, they’re in my backyard a lot but don’t usually let me this close. Gorgeous birds!

    – byronbackyard

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsalmost 4 years ago

    Interesting capture Byron , nice one ! , Trev

  • Many thanks Trev!

    – byronbackyard

  • greenstone
    greenstonealmost 4 years ago


  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccarialmost 4 years ago


  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenalmost 4 years ago

    Very nice capture.cheers.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful bird and a nice visitor to the garden… good one Deb.

  • Many thanks Phillip, they are a lovely visitor and I love hearing them woop woop wooping!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous image!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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