from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The large Australian ground-cuckoo, Centropus phasianellus, which by its size, long tail, and spotted plumage suggests a pheasant. See pheasant.
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The wood-duck (Bernicla jubata) abounded on the larger water-holes which we passed; and the swamp-pheasant (Centropus Phasianus, GOULD) was heard several times among the trees surrounding the grassy hollows.
a swamp-pheasant would fly shrieking from the branches above.