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Bay Coucal - BirdForum Opus

Centropus celebensis


Photo © by darwin1601
Tangkoko, Sulawesi, Indonesia, December 2018

44 - 50cm (17¼-19¾ in)

  • Mostly rufous plumage
  • Grey crown
  • Olive-grey back
  • Wine-rufous wings
  • Red eye
  • Black bill
  • rufescens more rufous on head, back and breast

Juveniles similar to adults but with paler throat and breast and light grey eye.


Endemic to Sulawesi and adjacent islands (Indonesia).
Locally common but status and biology poorly known.


Forms a superspecies with Rufous Coucal.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. celebensis:
  • C. c. rufescens:
  • Central and southern Sulawesi, Labuan Blanda, Muna and Butung islands


Moist lowland forests and montanes.


Behaviour similar to malkohas. Often climbs through lianas and thick foliage and often in small groups. Frequently associate with malkohas and macaques.


Feeds on large insects, mainly Orthoptera, locusts and beetles.


No information about breeding.


This is a resident species.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. 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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