One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A coucal, especially the greater coucal, which has black plumage with chestnut wings and back and is found in southern Asia.
Genus Centropus, family Cuculidae, especially C. sinensis
- ‘It prompted numerous bird species - bulbuls, barbets, hill mynahs and crow-pheasants - to begin their orchestra.’
- ‘Birds such as koel, mynas, babblers, kingfishers, hoper and crow-pheasants are also found here.’
- ‘Warblers, red-vented bulbuls and crow-pheasants will keep company for some time.’
- ‘Originally classed with the Cuculidae, the coucals (crow-pheasants) have been given a separate family by Sibley and Monroe.’
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