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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

Identification

  • 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

Distribution

Locally in subdeserts of south-western Madagascar.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Dry euphorbia coastal shrubland.

Behaviour

An arboreal species.

Diet

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

Breeding

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.

Movements

This is a resident species.

References

  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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