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Another mangrove resident I have never seen one of these wandering around on the ground, so seeing it poking around the exposed mangrove roots at low tide was a treat! :) Centropus sinensis,Geotagged,Greater Coucal,India,John Rowell,Odisha,Orissa,Wildlife,Winter,adhocphotographer,bhitarkanika Click/tap to enlarge

Another mangrove resident

I have never seen one of these wandering around on the ground, so seeing it poking around the exposed mangrove roots at low tide was a treat! :)

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  1. Great shot, I've seen them myself, but I didn't notice how blue they are. I guess you need good light for that. Posted 4 years ago
  2. Yeah, you have to have the right light... but most 'black' birds are actually very dark blue. I think native black is a very difficult thing to produce... :) Thanks again Posted 4 years ago

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The Greater Coucal or Crow Pheasant , is a large non-parasitic member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. A widespread resident in Asia, from India, east to south China, Nepal and Indonesia, it is divided into several subspecies, some being treated as full species. They are large, crow-like with a long tail and coppery brown wings and found in wide range of habitats from jungle to cultivation and urban gardens. They are weak fliers, and are often seen clambering about in vegetation or.. more

Similar species: Turacos, Cuckoos
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Uploaded Feb 16, 2015. Captured Feb 9, 2015 10:45 in Rajnagar - Pattamundai Road, Pitanda, Odisha 754248, India.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • f/4.0
  • 1/2500s
  • ISO400
  • 500mm