Pheasant Coucal

The Pheasant Coucal ranges through northern and eastern Australia.  When breeding, the plumage the head, neck and underparts is black, with brown wings, back and tail.  Outside of this time the head and neck are straw-coloured, with paler feather shafts.  The call is also an unmistakable “oop-oop-oop-oop-oop…”, descending in the middle and then rising at the end.

The Pheasant Coucal may breed twice in a single season.  Occasionally, a second nest is constructed near the first, and the second clutch is incubated while the chicks from the first brood are being raised.

Size: 50 to 70 cm (female larger than male)