Pheasant Coucal
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Pheasant Coucal

Centropus phasianinus
Pheasant or cuckoo? Pheasant or cuckoo?

 
 
Pheasant or cuckoo?
The Pheasant Coucal is not a pheasant but a long-tailed relative of the cuckoo, with limited powers of flight. Unlike other Australian cuckoos however, the coucal does not parasitise the nest of other birds. Instead these birds build a roofed nest with both sexes incubating the eggs and sharing the feeding duties.
 
Secretive ground dwellers
Usually heard rather than seen, the distinctive, hollow 'oop, oop' call is repeated many times increasing in pitch and speed. When the Pheasant Coucal is spotted, it is most commonly seen running across the ground or perched on fence posts or dead trees.
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