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Sumatran Ground Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Carpococcyx viridis



  • Dull green upperparts
  • Black crown
  • Brown lower back with broad greenish-brown bars
  • Green bill and legs
  • Bluish green bare orbital skin
  • Cinnamon buff underparts with rufous flanks

Sexes similar.


Endemic to southwestern Sumatra where found in the foothills of Barisan Range.
A very rare restricted-range species. Long time only known from museum species and not observed in the wild after 1916. However in 1997 a bird was photographed and since then some sightings are known from southwest Sumatra. Considered critically endangered.


This is a monotypic species which in the past was lumped with Bornean Ground Cuckoo into Sunda Ground Cuckoo.


Primary or litte-disturbed rainforest.
Occurs between 300 and 1400. Recent sightings between 800 and 1000.


Feeds on insects.
No information about breeding.
Probably a resident species.


  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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