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Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike
2008-09-12 16:41:03

The Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina melaschistos), also known as the Smaller Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, is a species of cuckoo shrike found in South to Southeast Asia. It is distributed from Northeast Pakistan through the lower Himalayan region (Uttaranchal, Nepal, Arunachal Pradesh and into the hills of NE Myanmar continuing to China and Southeast Asia. It winters in the foothills, occasionally...

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
2006-03-23 14:03:15

The Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae), also called a large cuckoo-shrike, is a bird common to the Indian subcontinent (except Pakistan and NW India), Australia and the Solomon Islands. It has a protected status in Australia, under the National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974. This species is widely distributed throughout virtually any wooded habitat throughout the area, with...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'