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Centropus celebensis

Identification

Juvenile
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.

Distribution

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

Taxonomy

Forms a superspecies with Rufous Coucal.

Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

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

Habitat

Moist lowland forests and montanes.

Behaviour

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

Diet

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

Breeding

No information about breeding.

Movements

This is a resident species.

Gallery

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References

  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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