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coucal

[koo-kuh l] /ˈku kəl/
noun
1.
any of several Old World cuckoos of the genus Centropus, having harsh-textured plumage and a long, daggerlike hind claw.
Origin of coucal
1805-1815
1805-15; < French, said to be equivalent to couc(ou) cuckoo + al(ouette) lark
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  • The coucal or crow-pheasant, for example, is divided up into three local races.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • The nest of the crow-pheasant or coucal is a massive structure, globular in shape, with the entrance at one side.

  • I have never actually observed it pick anything off a leaf, for the coucal is of a retiring disposition.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • But the sight of an insect on the lawn causes the coucal to throw dignity to the winds.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • But for the fact that the brown wings do not match well with the rest of the plumage, I should call the coucal a handsome bird.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • Unfortunately for the peace of mankind the coucal is not the only cuckoo that lifts up its voice in the night.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for coucal

coucal

/ˈkuːkæl; -kəl/
noun
1.
any ground-living bird of the genus Centropus, of Africa, S Asia, and Australia, having long strong legs: family Cuculidae (cuckoos)
Word Origin
C19: from French, perhaps from couc(ou) cuckoo + al(ouette) lark
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