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Goliath Coucal - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Large Coucal; Giant Coucal

Centropus goliath

Identification

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.

Distribution

South-east Asia: found in the northern Moluccas (Morotai, Halmahera, Tidore, Bacan and Obi).
Common on Halmahera.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Forms a superspecies with Violaceous Coucal and Greater Black Coucal.

Habitat

Various types of forests, also in scrub at edge of agricultural land. Up to 250m on Bacan.

Behaviour

Diet

No information. Forages in lower sub-canopy up to 12m and in under-storey.

Breeding

Little known. Nestlings have long white hair-like down on head.

Movements

This is a resident species.

References

  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

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