“We have been developing a garden at our new house for the last two years. Have had a couple of Greater Coucals (Centropus sinensis) visiting (above). Fascinating, as they are large enough for us to observe more clearly what they do without the aid of binoculars… they seem to drink a lot of water! They spent long minutes at the several water bowls in the garden. And hopped around on the grass, and in and out of trees. They indulged in mating behaviour too and we later saw one of them with grass in its mouth. We have plenty of nest-boxes up of various sizes, and we are hoping that along with the sparrows and mynas already making homes in our house, coucals will too!
“It is a treat to watch these birds. I see on the net that they are widely found in India, particularly in Rajasthan, Haryana, W Bengal, Karanataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.”
Gurgaon, Haryana, India
10th June 2012