Alternative names: Large Coucal; Giant Coucal
- Centropus goliath
62 - 70cm. A very large Coucal.
- Black plumage
- Bluish wings and tail
- White patch on greater wing-coverts
- Whitish morph on Halmahera with buffish on head; occasionally pied individuals
Sexes similar. Juveniles are black above with white patch on wing-coverts, chestnut head, neck and underparts with diamond-shaped streaks and blackish belly.
Various types of forests, also in scrub at edge of agricultural land. Up to 250m on Bacan.
No information. Forages in lower sub-canopy up to 12m and in under-storey.
Little known. Nestlings have long white hair-like down on head.
This is a resident species.
- 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/
- 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
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Goliath Coucal. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 17 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Goliath_Coucal