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Odisha Wildlife Lovers News – Jacobin cuckoo- Chaatak Pakhi – One Beautiful Bird of  #Odisha #Bird #WildLife #Photography Article n Photography by Pramod Dhal

Jacobin cuckoo, pied cuckoo, or pied crested cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus) In Odia it is called CHAATAK Pakhi!

                 

Photography by Pramod Dhal
Photography by Pramod Dhal

Chaatak Pakhi with Odisha:-  It has been considered a harbinger of the monsoon rains due to the timing of its arrival. It has been associated with a bird in Indian mythology and poetry, known as the Chatak represented as a bird with a beak on its head that waits for rains to quench its thirst. The poet Kalidasa used it in his “Meghadoota” as a metaphor for deep yearning and this tradition continues in literary works .

The call is a ringing series of whistling notes “piu-piu” with the calls of the nominate form more rapid and slightly mellower

About  Jacobin cuckoo :-

Photography by Pramod Dhal
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          The Jacobin cuckoopied cuckoo, or pied crested cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus) is a member of the cuckoo order of birds that is found in Africa and Asia. It is partially migratory and in India, it has been considered a harbinger of the monsoon rains due to the timing of its arrival. It has been associated with a bird in Indian mythology and poetry, known as the Chatak represented as a bird with a beak on its head that waits for rains to quench its thirst.

They are short-distance migrants. Those breeding at northerly latitudes or higher altitudes will travel to warmer or wetter areas for the winter.

Description About  Jacobin cuckoo:

The Pied Cuckoo is a largish cuckoo averaging 13 inche (33 cm) in length. Adults have a prominent crest and a long, graduated tail.  They occur in two distinct color morphs (genetic mutation):  Adults of the light morph are black above with a white under plumage.  Adults of the dark morph are completely black, except for a small white wing patch which occurs in both morphs. Immature birds are browner above and yellowish-white below.

Breeding / Nesting

These brood parasites will lay their egg in the nest of other birds (mostly the Turdoides babblers), for them to raise them as their own.

Diet:

The Pied Cuckoo feed on various insects and caterpillars.

The call is a ringing series of whistling notes “piu-piu” with the calls of the nominate form more rapid and slightly mellower

Collected from Pramod Dhalbeautyofbirds.com

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