Pied Crested Cuckoo

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The Pied Crested Cuckoo is a member of cuckoo order of birds that is found in Africa and Asia. It is partially migratory and in India, it has been considered a harbinger of the Monsoon rains due to the timing of its arrival.

It has been associated with a bird in Indian mythology and poetry, known as the 'chatak' and represented as a bird with a beak on its head that waits for rains to quench its thirst.

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 unmistakable even in flight.


Pied Crested Cuckoo, Tikona Peth
Pied Crested Cuckoo, Bopdeo Ghat, Pune
Pied Crested Cuckoo, Bopdeo Ghat, Pune

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