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Old World ground-living cuckoo having a long dagger-like hind claw

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38 De Schauensee, 258, 262, 290 The malkohas and coucals are non-parasitic nesters, exceptional in the Cuculidae family.
But to experience the full richness of this ancient family--the koels, malkohas, coucals, drongo-cuckoos, hawk-cuckoos, and bronze-cuckoos; the ground cuckoos of the Amazon; the cobalt-colored couas of Madagascar--we have to venture farther afield.
Similarly, the introductory essay on breeding behavior focuses entirely on the Eurasian brood-parasitic cuckoos, scarcely even mentioning the polyandrous coucals, the facultatively parasitic Coccyzus cuckoos, or the bizarre communal breeding systems of the crotophagine cuckoos (Crotophaga and Guira).
However, nestling male Black Coucals (Centropus grillii) have higher levels of circulating androgens than females (Goymann et al.
Breeding biology, sexually dimorphic development and nestling testosterone concentrations of the classically polyandrous African Black Coucal, Centropus grillii.