Greater Coucal

Greater Coucal is a large sized bird of cuckoo family and is also known as Crow Pheasant. In southern India, call of this bird is associated with spirits and omens. It is believed to be a good omen if one hears the deep resonant “coop-coop-coops” call while leaving the house in the morning. It’s sighting is also considered auspicious. In India the bird is known as Bhardwaj (also known as “ratna-pakshi” [jewel bird] in southern India). Both the sexes are identical but females are bit larger in size.

Gujarati Name

કાકડીયો કુંભાર

Scientific Name

Centropus sinensis

Scientific Family


Status in Gujarat


IUCN Status

Least Concern

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Categories: Cuckoos