Saturday, July 7, 2018

Burchell's Coucal

Burchell's coucal is sometimes known as the rainbird because it calls when it rains. I've read the call described as the sound of "water pouring from a bottle," "water being poured from a narrow-necked bottle," a "cascade of bubbling notes" and a "liquid note." It has also been called "haunting" which I think is closer to the mark. Hear it here
Burchell's coucal.
It is found in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has red eyes, a chestnut back and wings, pale underparts, a black head and a long black tail. 
Males and females look similar. We saw them in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.  

1 comment:

  1. I love the sound of their call. Haunting yes, but also bubbling water.