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Blue Coua - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Dave Clark
Analamazoatra Reserve, Eastern Madagascar, 8 May 2019

Alternative name: Blue Madagascar Coucal

Coua caerulea


Photo by ionemosia
Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar, September 2010

48–50 cm (19-19¾ in)

  • Dark blue plumage
  • Bare blue skin encircling the eye
  • Black bill

Similar Species

Similar to Crested Coua, which has a rufous breast.


North-western and eastern Madagascar.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Occurs in evergreen humid forest and adjacent secondary growth and locally in the northwest in the drier forest.


Arboreal, usually found alone or in small groups. Moves clumsily through the canopy, travelling along the larger branches gleaning its prey from the foliage.


Diet consists insects, such as caterpillars, crickets, mantises, grasshoppers, beetles and cicadas. They also eat snails, geckos, chameleons and fruit.


They construct a platform nest. A single egg is laid.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2019)
  3. Avian Web

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