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Drongo Cuckoo

Drongo Cuckoo
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Copyright: satirtha ghosh (bluesky1975) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 235] (1572)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ35
Exposure: f/4.4, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-09 3:39
Viewed: 2709
Points: 6
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I found this hiding behind the branches & whistling repeatedly.. shot near Naddi in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh...

Alas, couldn't capture the entire back portion of the bird..

I was unable to find the exact reference of this bird online or in any of the books as the color of the plumage doesn't match with any of the references..however, the closest match was with DRONGO CUCKOO (as per Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett, Inskipp & Inskipp)...

Would be grateful if anyone can provide the exact name of this bird...

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To PeterZ: Surniculuscuckooroller 1 01-10 07:31
To PeterZ: Thanks!!bluesky1975 1 01-09 07:06
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Hello Satirtha,
I think you got right about the ID, a juvenile Drongo Cuckoo, surniculus lugubris. Nice photo, although the head is a bit out of focus. Beautiful natural colours. Good composition.

hi Satirtha,
good capture. i don't have this in my collection. waiting. someday :)
thanks for sharing,

Just bookmarking. Will look at it better tonight after work.

Nothing about the bird says Surniculus to me. This is something not mature - the juvenile flange is still evident. The shape of the head, the bill conformation, the tail contour, the color, all wrong for Surniculus.

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