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Pavonine Cuckoo

Dromococcyx pavoninus

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Bizarre looking cuckoo; small-headed with a very long, graduated tail. The head, neck and breast are rufous, but note the prominent rufous eyebrow. The white belly contrasts with the dark brown back, wings and tail, the latter with white tips. Found in lowland rainforest, forest edge, and second growth. Usually fiendishly hard to see. A brood parasite. The voice is a melodic, “puu-pe-pu-pepe” repeated endlessly day or night.

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