Pied Crested Cuckoo
|Copyright: Biju Neyyattinkara (wildtvm)
|Date Taken: 2009-11-28|
|Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 170-500mm APO|
|Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-11-30 2:28|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This medium sized, slim black and white cuckoo with a crest is distinctive. The white wing patch on the black wing and the pattern make it unmistakeable even in flight. They are very vocal during the breeding season. The call is a ringing series of whistling notes "skleer-skleer-eer, skleeur,skleeur" with the calls of the nominate form more rapid and slightly mellower.|
In India the subspecies serratus (Sparrman, 1786) is a summer breeding visitor to northern India and migrates to southern Africa. This is larger and longer winged than the nominate subspecies found in the southern peninsular region and Sri Lanka is said to be a local migrant.
In the breeding season, birds call from prominent perches and chase each other. Courtship feeding has been observed in Africa. The species is a brood parasite and in India the host is mainly species of babblers in the genus Turdoides. The colour of the eggs matches those of the host, typically turquoise blue. The eggs are slightly larger than those of the Common Babbler T. caudatus or the Jungle Babbler T. striata. Other hosts include the Red-vented Bulbul, and the eggs laid are then mostly white. Eggs are laid hurriedly in the morning into the nest of the host often dropped from while the bird perches on the rim of the nest and over the host eggs often resulting in the cracking of one or more host eggs. In Africa, the males distract the host while the female lays the egg. Multiple eggs may be laid in the nest of a host and two young cuckoos were found to fledge successfully in several occasions. In Africa, the hosts include Pycnonotus barbatus, P. capensis,Turdoides fulvus, Turdoides rubiginosus,Lanius collaris, Andropadus importunus, Terpsiphone viridis, Dicrurus adsimilis and a few other species. (Wikipedia)...
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welcome to TN and congratulations on your postings; a very beautiful picture of the Pied Crested Cuckoo taken from a good dorsal POV with splendid colours and lighting, a very nice composition in a beautiful environment:
- [2009-11-30 13:10]
Splendid capture with some details and beautiful colors.
A beautiful composition with a great bird. I want welcome TN, reviews beautiful and more points.