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Verreaux's Coua - BirdForum Opus

Photo by edenwatcher
La Mangrove, Madagascar, October 2010

Alternative names: Southern Crested Coua, Southern Crested Madagascar Coucal

Coua verreauxi


  • Mid-grey
  • White lower breast and belly
  • Darker flight-feathers
  • Tail
    • Long
    • Dark grey
    • White-tipped outer feathers
  • Long, dark-tipped crest
  • Pale blue bare skin around eye
  • Black bill
Photo by balticbird
La Mangrove, Madagascar


Locally in subdeserts of south-western Madagascar.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Dry euphorbia coastal shrubland.


An arboreal species.


Feeds on insects, small vertebrates and fruit and seeds of cassia fruit.
Froages mainly in trees and bushes, especially where sympatrich with Crested Coua.


Poorly known. Breeding season probably October to April. The nest is a platform or a shallow bowl made of sticks. It's placed 1.5 to 4m above the ground in a spiny tree.


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
  3. BirdLife International

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