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Andaman Coucal - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Goyter
Andaman Islands, India, November 2012

Alternative name: Brown Coucal

Centropus andamanensis


45 - 48cm (17¾-19 in). The only Coucal in its range.

  • Grey-buff head, mantle and underparts
  • Rufous-purple back and wings, tips darker bronze, grey-buff wing-linings
  • Bronzy-purple tail
  • Red-brown to yellow eye
  • Black bill and feet

Females are larger. Juveniles are finely barred above and below.


Endemic to the Andaman Islands of India, and adjacent Table, Great and Little Coco islands, Myanmar.
Common in its small range.


This is a monotypic species.
Some authors consider this to be a subspecies of Greater Coucal[2]


Moist lowland forests and mangrove forests.



Feeds on grasshoppers, other insects and small arthropods.


Breeding season from February to July. The nest is a large globe made of twigs and leaves. Lays 2 to 3 eggs.


This is a resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221
  3. Avibase

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