Greater Coucal mating

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“I had arrived early to try and spot a migrant and just as I stopped the car saw a pair of Greater Coucals (Centropus sinensis bubutus) engaging in mating. No time to get near or organise for a video, just tried my luck with distant images (above, below).

“Took a number of sequential images in a burst and put them together for a video, see below.

“At one point the female tuned back to the male. I thought it might be a feeding episode as part of the mating but did not see any food exchange. Could just be an affectionate gesture (above).

“Met up with the pair a little later as they were foraging.

“A close of an adult head and foot. The strong C. s. bubutus bill (above); elongated, fairly straight hind claw (below).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
9th December 2014

Location: Outskirts of Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth adjacent to ex-mining pools

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