The Common Hawk-Cuckoo (Scientific name: Cuculus varius), popularly known as the Brainfever Bird, is a medium-sized cuckoo resident in the Indian subcontinent. It bears a close resemblance to the Shikra, a sparrow hawk, even in its style of flying and landing on a perch. The resemblance to hawks gives this group the generic name of hawk-cuckoo (Wiki) This one was so well camouflaged that I almost missed it. Clicked at Vedanthangal Bird sanctuary in Chennai, in February/2014.


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