Great cuckoo-dove

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Great cuckoo-dove
Reinwardtoena reinwardtii.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Reinwardtoena
Species: R. reinwardti
Binomial name
Reinwardtoena reinwardti
(Temminck, 1824)

The great cuckoo-dove (Reinwardtoena reinwardti) is a species of bird in the family Columbidae. It is found in the Maluku Islands and New Guinea.

The cuckoo-dove makes its nest in rock gorges near waterfalls, and their calls are the two-part wok-wu, heard above the sounds of the water. In motion the bird bounces up and down in place, stable on the first syllable (wok), bouncing up on the higher outward syllable (wu). This is reflected in the dance of the Kaluli drummers of Papua New Guinea.


Feld, Steven: "Sound as a Symbolic System - The Kaluli Drum"