Lesser Coucal (Lesser Coucal)

A species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family is the Lesser Coucal (Centropus bengalensis). It has a large spectrum of distribution that overlaps with many other species that are related. Marshy land with grass and tree cover is also the environment in which it is found. 


Lesser Coucal (Lesser Coucal)


It is marked by its smaller size, less conspicuous bill, violet shaft stripes on the head and back feathers. On its hind toe, it has a much longer claw and a distinct call. It is also among the few coucals that exhibit variations throughout plumage in the season, but the sexes can not be separated in the field as in other coucals.


Lesser Coucal (Lesser Coucal)


In marshy or grassy areas adjacent to woodland, the lesser coucal is found alone or in pairs low in the undergrowth. They seem to be primarily found in the lowlands. They are not, like most coucals, brood-parasitic cuckoos. From May to September they nest, but mostly after the June rains in India, constructing a dome of blades of grass on a low branch. In India, 3 larvae, 2 in Southeast Asia and 4 in Taiwan, are the normal clutch. 


Lesser Coucal (Lesser Coucal)


A series of low double "whoot-woot" or "kurook" notes involve the calls of the lesser coucal, which increase in tempo and descend in pitch. Dúdut's Indonesian name is onomatopoeic.



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