coucal

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Related to coucals: pheasant coucal, Centropodinae

coucal

(ˈkuːkæl; -kəl)
n
(Animals) any ground-living bird of the genus Centropus, of Africa, S Asia, and Australia, having long strong legs: family Cuculidae (cuckoos)
[C19: from French, perhaps from couc(ou) cuckoo + al(ouette) lark]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coucal - Old World ground-living cuckoo having a long dagger-like hind claw
cuckoo - any of numerous European and North American birds having pointed wings and a long tail
Centropus, genus Centropus - a genus of Cuculidae
Centropus sinensis, crow pheasant - common coucal of India and China
Centropus phasianinus, pheasant coucal, pheasant cuckoo - Australian bird with a tail like a pheasant
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There are 11 species of non-parasitic cuckoos on mainland Southeast Asia including: six malkohas (Phaenicophaeus), four coucals (Centro pus), and one ground cuckoo (Carpococcyx).
Terrestrial crabs, carabid, drilid and lampyrid beetles, and snail eating birds, such as coucals, francolins and guineafowl, are potential predators, as are the larger lizards (e.