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These are large members of the Cuckoo family, 47 - 52cm.
Forms a superspecies with Andaman Coucal. parroti is sometimes split as Southern Coucal.
There are 6 subspecies:
An additional subspecies, eurycercus is generally considered invalid.
Scrubland, secondary forest, tall grassland, thickets, paddyfields, mangroves, bamboo and gardens. Avoids dense primary forest.
Wanders around like a pheasant, but walks more like a raven. The are well known for sunbathing with wings open wide.
Feeds on small mammals, lizards, snakes, frogs, insects, scorpions, spiders, snails, slugs, eggs and nestlings of small birds, fruits and seeds.
Breeding season in the rains, mainly from June to September in northern India, all year in southern India and Sri Lanka. A monogamous species. The nest is a large globular cell made of twigs and leaves and with a lateral entrance. It's hidden in a thick bush or low in a thorny tree or in a paddfield. Lays 2 to 4 eggs.
This is a resident species.
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