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Snail-eating Coua - BirdForum Opus

Skull t.png The species Snail-eating Coua is extinct.
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Alternative name: Delalande's Coua

Coua delalandei

Identification

56-57cm. A large terrestrial coua.

  • Black upperparts with violet-blue sheen
  • Long violet-blue tail with white tipps
  • White throat to breast
  • Rufous belly
  • Blue bare skin on face, red eye
  • Black bill

Sexes similar, juveniles unknown.

Distribution

Formerly on Nosy Boraha (Ile Sainte-Marie), a small island off northeast Madagascar.
Almost certainly extinct. Last reported in 1834. It's uncertain if the species ever occured on mainland Madagascar.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.

Habitat

Presumably restricted to primary forest near sea-level. Disappeared after deforestation of island.

Behaviour

Diet used to be large forest snails. They were obtained by breaking the snail against a stone anvil with its bill.
No information about breeding.
Presumably a resident and sedentary species.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  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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