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Running Coua - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Running Coucal

Coua cursor

Identification

34 - 40cm.

  • Pale grey-green upperparts
  • Blue skin around the eye with prominent pink patch to rear and black line around
  • Grey tail
  • Tawny-buff throat
  • Light purplish breast
  • Whitish belly with grey flanks
  • Grey undertail
  • Black bill and feet

Sexes alike. Juveniles are duller withouth black on face and with buff edged back, rump and wing-coverts.

Photo by balticbird
Ifaty, Madagascar

Distribution

Endemic to southern and southwest Madagascar.
Generally uncommon in its small range.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.

Habitat

Thorny scrubland, spiny desert and dry woodlands without ground covers. Occurs from sea-level up to 200m.
Replaces Coquerel's Coua in southwest Madagascar.

Behaviour

A terrestrial species.

Diet

Feeds on insects. Forages on the ground.

Breeding

Breeds in the rainy season. The nest is a bowl made of twigs and bark. It's placed around 2m above the ground in a bush. Lays 2 whitish eggs.

Movements

This is a resident species.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. 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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