About the length of Common Coucal, but more
slenderly built and with, proportionally, a much longer tail. Sexes alike, except that the
female has white irides-those of the male being brown. This handsome bird cannot mistaken
for any other species on the Sri Lankan list.
It inhabits tall forest,
and lives either solitary, in pairs, or in small flocks. It is shy and restless, a dweller
in the tree canopy, where, like the last species, it cleverly threads its way through
tangled twigs, creepers and foliage.
The breeding season is in the first half of the year and
probably again in August-September. The nest is described as a shallow
saucer of grass, roots and twigs, very carelessly put together, and placed
in high bushes in forest with thick undergrowth. The two or three eggs are
white, with a chalky surface, and they measure about 35.8 X 27 mm.