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Red-breasted Coua - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Rufous-breasted Madagascar Coucal

Photo by Peter Day
Andasibe-Mantadia National Forest, Madagascar, November 2016
Coua serriana



  • Dark green-brown upperparts
  • Long blue-black tail glossed blue
  • Dark rufous-chest, blackish-brown rest of underparts
  • Blue bare skin around eye, boardered black
  • Black throat
  • Black bill

Sexes alike. Juveniles have rufous edged wing-coverts, a brown-olive throat, an olive belly and a dull black tail without blue gloss.


Endemic to north-eastern Madagascar.
Fairly common but has a very small range.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Humid forest. More in open areas and at lower levels than Red-fronted Coua.
Occurs from sea-level up to 1000m.



Feeds on berries and fruits, takes also seeds and insects.
Forages mainly on the ground by walking or running. Seldom seen flying. Often feeds beneath flocks of other frugivorous birds on fruits fallen from trees.


The nest is a bowl made of interwined branches. It's placed 2 to 4m above the ground in a fern or a pandanus tree. Lays 2 white eggs.


This is a resident species.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. 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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