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Red-fronted Coua - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Jon Gallagher
Bemanevika, Madagascar

Alternative names: Reynaud's Coua, Red-fronted Madagascar Coucal

Coua reynaudii


38 - 40cm.

  • Olive-green upperparts
  • Rufous crown
  • Blackish face with blue bare skin around eye
  • Long green tail with blue gloss and dark tip
  • Darker grey underparts

Sexes alike. Juveniles have dull rufous-brown head and neck, wing-coverts and wing feathers tipped rufous, dull rufous underparts and a yellow bill.


Endemic to northern and eastern Madagascar.
Still fairly common in its rather small range.


This is a monotypic species.


Moist lowland forests, especially in tangles of fallen trees and branches. Also in clearings and brushy areas and dry forest in western part of range.
Occurs from sea-level up to 2500m.


A terrestrial species.


Feeds on insects, takes also lizards sometimes and fruits and seeds.
Forages slowly on the forest floor and in low herbs, also walks up sloping trunks and perches in trees.


Breeding season from August to January. The nest is a bowl made of dry stalks, palm fibres and leaves. It's placed 5 to 7 m above the ground in a pandanus tree or ferns. Lays 2 eggs.


This is a resident species.


  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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