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Black-hooded Coucal - BirdForum Opus

Photo by James Eaton
Sablayan, Mindoro, The Philippines, December 2008

Alternative name: Steere's Coucal

Centropus steerii


46 cm

  • Brownish plumage
  • Shiny black head
  • Tail a glossy greeny-black
  • Dark bill

Sexes similar, females are larger. Juveniles similar but chin and throat brown and pale bill.


South-east Asia: endemic to the forests of Mindoro (north-central Philippines).
A very rare, critically endangered species. Threatened by massive loss of primary forest in the lowlands. May become extinct in the next decade.
Replaced by Philippine Coucal in degraded forest.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Primary forest up to 760 m, dense vegetation, tangled thickets, vine-covered shrubs and bamboo.


No information about diet and breeding.
A resident species.


Typically 3-8 deep woop notes given in a descending series.


  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
  3. BirdLife International

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