Greater Coucal

The Greater Coucal, also known as Crow Pheasant is a beautiful large bird commonly seen in India and other regions of South Asia.
Greater Coucal


The photo above was taken on an evening while the bird was walking in the ground, probably in search of insects. They walk for long time on the ground and rarely sit on high branches. Also they are very poor in flying and I haven’t seen this bird flying up in the sky like other birds.

Greater Coucal
These two photos (above and below) were taken when the bird was on a coconut leaf.
Greater Coucal

Even though it is a very common bird it is afraid of humans approaching it. But they won’t bother to come closer if we are standing still. So the easy way to take their pictures is to stay somewhere without making disturbances and  let the bird come closer.

Their calls are very deep (high amplitude) ‘goop-goop’ like sound and can be heard at a very large area. While making calls rear side of the neck bumps out.

Identifications: Head, bills, neck, lower side, legs and tail are dark bluish in color and wings are brown. The eyes of adult bird are red and for an immature bird it is black. Lesser in size to a crow.

It belongs to the Cuckoo (Cuculidae) family.
Species: Centropus sinesis
Malayalam names: uppan, chempoth

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