Here in Sri Lanka, Fahim tells me, no one likes having this bird in their yard because the red eyes make the bird look evil and the bird is supposed to be a harbinger of death.
This bird is known locally as Atikukula (also spelled Atti Kukkula) or Bu Kukkula and in English is known as the Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis).
I’ve only seen this bird a few times, always in the empty lot next door, and always with its companion within twenty or forty feet or so. These birds would call out to each other and the other would respond in kind.
Today is Flying Friday. That means I showcase some kind of flying creature – birds, insects, bats… – that I’ve seen and hopefully photographed every Friday.
And because I like looking at other people’s pretty and/or interesting pictures, too, I’d love it if you joined me. Please leave a comment with the URL (permalink) to your blog post featuring a flying creature, hopefully with a photo.
C’mon, you want to join in. You know you do. 😀
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