Polophilus sinensis Stephens, 1815, Ning Po, China. Six subspecies.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Common or large coucal, common crow-pheasant, lark-heeled cuckoo; French: Grand coucal; German: Heckenkuckuck; Spanish: Cucal Chino.
18.5–20.5 in (47–52 cm); 8.3–9.4 oz (236–268 g). Black, with chestnut back and wings. Long and broad black tail; black bill.
Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Thailand, Indochina, Sumatra, Borneo, Philippines, Java, Bali, Kangean Is.
Forest, grassland, mangroves, scrub, cultivations, marshes, reedbeds, gardens.
Resident and locally migratory.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Large insects, small vertebrates, snails, fruits, and seeds.
Breeds in rains. Nest is large globular ball of twigs and leaves or grass. Eggs 2–4. Monogamous.
Common throughout its range. Not globally threatened.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Nestlings are captured for medicinal purposes in Borneo.
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