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Biak Coucal - BirdForum Opus

Photo by mehdhalaouate
Biak, Papua, January 2005
Centropus chalybeus

Identification

44-46cm.

  • Black plumage
  • Glossed purple upperparts
  • Spiny feathers on foreparts
  • Yellow eye
  • Black bill

Sexes similar. Juveniles are washed rufous and unbarred.

Similar species

Bill straighter than in Greater Black Coucal.

Distribution

Endemic to Biak Island, (Geelvink Bay off northern New Guinea) Indonesia.
A poorly known species.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Forms a superspecies with Pheasant Coucal, Kai Coucal and Greater Black Coucal.

Habitat

Moist lowland forests. Also in second growth.

Behaviour

A terrestrial species. Flies awkwardly.

Diet

No information.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

A resident species.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. 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

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