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Pheasant coucal        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Pheasant coucals are strange, clumsy-looking birds typically found in wet grassy areas in northern and eastern Australia.   Unlike other old-world cuckoo relatives, it is not a brood parasite.   The bird above was in a small dead tree in a lush green pasture in north Queensland; the one below was in dry, dusty Kakadu Park in the Norther Teritory, looking a little lost.

  • Canon 7D2; 800 mm IS lens, some with 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2015, 2016)