Alternative names: Black-billed Coucal; Black Scrub Coucal, Bernstein's Coucal
- Centropus bernsteini
46 - 52cm.
- Black plumage, glossed green above
- Dark brown eye
- Black bill
- manam is larger
Sexes similar. Juveniles are barred rufous above, their wings and tail are narrowly barred buff to pale chestnut, the throat whitish, the neck marked with chestnut-brown, the central belly is grey with dark bars, the rest of the underparts is blackish brown with narrow pale barring.
Endemic to New Guinea.
Not uncommon but little known.
- C. b. bernsteini in western and central New Guinea east to Simbang and the Sattelberg
- C. b. manam on Manam Island (northeastern New Guinea)
Found in scrub, tall cane grass and rank vegetation. Occurs from sea-level up to 500m, sometimes higher.
Shy and difficult to observe.
The nest is a domed mass made of cane grass with a side opening. It's placed in grass. Lays 2 egg.
This is a resident species.
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- 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) Lesser Black Coucal. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 17 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Lesser_Black_Coucal