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Sunda Coucal - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Javan Coucal

Centropus nigrorufus


46 cm

  • Glossy black upperparts (purple gloss on mantle)
  • Purple gloss to black underparts
  • Rufous wings with black tipped flight feathers and upperwing-coverts
  • Long black tail
  • Red iris; black bill and feet


South-east Asia: found in the lowlands of Java.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Photo by Boas_Emmanuel
Muara Angke Nature Reserve, North Jakarta, Indonesia, March 2010


Mangrove forests, dry shrubland and swamps.



The diet includes grasshoppers, large moths, caterpillars, large bugs, pupae, snails, slugs, centipedes, crabs, birds’ and insect eggs, frogs and treesnakes.


Its nest is built from fresh and dry fern leaves; the clutch consists of 1–5 white eggs.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BirdLife International
  3. birdbase.hokkaido

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