Indian Cuckoo - I observed this bird fly to a branch with a large Limacodid moth caterpillar, catch it and beat it against its perch to break off its spines before swallowing it.
Location: Makunda Christian Hospital, Karimganj District, Assam
Date: 1st October 2014
Equipment: Nikon D800 with Nikkor 300mm f2.8 + 2x TC
Location: Forest track between Hathikhira Tea Estate and Induraile village, Karimganj District, Assam
Date: 19th October 2014
Equipment: Nikon D800 with Nikkor 300mm f2.8 + 2 TC
Shining cuckoos heard here.
eating worms and then they flew off
Flying into a pine tree
Calling loudly from the top of a eucalyptus tree
Shining Cuckoo calling from a tree at the start of the Lake Road. Heard but not seen, though I did eventually see a bird take off from the rear of the tree. The recording has been edited a little to remove some extra noises like the Kaka calling loudly from nearby. There are still other extraneous noises such as footsteps and a number of other birds in the background too.
The cuckoos are a family, Cuculidae, of near passerine birds, named for the Common Cuckoo of Europe. The order Cuculiformes, in addition to the cuckoos, also includes the turacos (family Musophagidae, sometimes treated as a separate order, Musophagiformes). Some zoologists and taxonomists have also included the unique Hoatzin in the Cuculiformes, but its taxonomy remains in dispute. The cuckoo family, in addition to those species named as such, also includes the roadrunners, koels, malkohas, couas, coucals...