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Tuesday, 15 November 2011
PHEASANT COUCAL BY TOM TARRANT
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About this photo...
Taken Armstrong Creek, Queensland, Australia. Photographed with Canon EOS7D & 400mm f5.6 lens
About the bird species..
Pheasant Coucal is a fairly common bird of eastern Australia and have two separate plumages, in winter they loose the black coloration and can appear similar to a female Pheasant, from where they get their name.
The Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. It is found in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. The Pheasant Coucal is unusual among Australian cuckoos in that it incubates and raises its own young instead of laying its eggs in the nest of another species.
The Pheasant Coucal's summer voice is a low descending 'boop boop boop'. Its winter voice is a sharp hissing.