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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

ಕೆಂಬೂತ. - Coucal

A coucal is one of about 30 species of birds in the cuckoo family. All of them belong in the subfamily Centropodinae and the genus Centropus. 

Unlike many Old World cuckoos, coucals are not brood parasites.

On the other hand they do have their own reproductive peculiarity: all members of the genus are to varying degrees sex-role reversed so that the smaller male provides most of the parental care. At least one coucal species, the Black Coucal, is polyandrous.

Some species (Centropus phasianinus) have the male investing more in incubation and parental care.

Recent DNA evidence suggests that they should be raised to family status, as Centropodidae. 

Scientific classification 

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae

Source: Wikipedia.