The cuckoo tree
JULY 13, 2019
On a recent trip to India, a non-descript tree caught my attention. It was overlooking the butterfly garden in Sanjeevaiah Park , Hyderabad. The hysterical call of an Asian Koel , Eudynamys scolopaceus , first attracted me and as I turned to look, a Greater Coucal, Centropus sinensis , flew down from its leafy boughs and disappeared into the reeds of a nearby wet patch. The koel and coucal are both from the extended cuckoo family Cuculidae.