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Crested Coua - BirdForum Opus

Photo by edenwatcher
Ampijoroa, Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar, October 2010

Alternative name: Crested Madagascar Coucal

Coua cristata

Identification

44cm

  • Green-grey
  • Grey crest
  • Blue orbital skin
  • Rufous breast
  • White belly
  • Long purple-blue tail with white tip
  • Brown iris
  • Black bill
  • Black legs

Distribution

Photo by balticbird
Photographed at Kirindy, Madagascar

Endemic to Madagascar.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. cristata:
  • Northern and eastern Madagascar (south to Mahajanga)
  • C. c. dumonti:
  • Western Madagascar (Mahajanga to Morondava)
  • C. c. pyropyga:
  • South-western Madagascar (Morondava and Toliara to Amboasary)
  • C. c. maxima:
  • South-eastern Madagascar (Tolagnaro region)

Habitat

Savanna, forest and brushland to 900m.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes insects, berries, seeds, fruit and snails.

Breeding

The nest is built from twigs. The clutch consists of 2 white eggs.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Wikipedia

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