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Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Somchat
Khaoyai National Park, Thailand, January 2009

Alternative name: Renauld's Ground Cuckoo

Carpococcyx renauldi


65cm. A large terrestrial cuckoo.

  • Black head, neck and throat
  • Grey upperparts
  • Grey to rufous rump
  • Black primaries and tail
  • White underparts, lower breast and grey belly finely blackish vermiculated
  • Red and violet bare skin around eye
  • Dusky red bill

Sexes alike. Juveniles have dark grey upperparts, a brown head with grey around eye, a rufous and barred back, a brown rump, grey to rufous-brown chin to upper breast and a blackish bill.


South East Asia: found in south-eastern Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Uncommon in its range.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Evergreen forest from plains to 900 m.


A shy, ground-living species. Runs away if disturbed.


Feeds on insects, small reptiles, small mammals and small birds.


The nest is an open platform made of leaves, branches and twigs. It's placed low above the ground. Lays 2 to 4 eggs.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  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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