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Kirindy, Madagascar

Alternative name: Coquerel's Madagascar Coucal

Coua coquereli


42cm. Similar to Giant Coua but much smaller.

  • Olive-green upperparts, tail tipped white
  • Tan throat and breast, rufous lower breast, dull brown to black belly
  • Blue bare skin around eye, pink behind eye with black boarder around
  • Black bill

Sexes alike. Juveniles are duller, without black outline feathers, they have brown wing-coverts with buff edge, their underparts are grey-barred whitish, the bill is flesh.


Endemic to western Madagascar.
Fairly common in its small range.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Humid and dry deciduous forests. Ranging into edge of subdesert.
Occurs from sea-level up to 800m.
Shares the habitat with Giant Coua and Red-capped Coua. Replaced by Running Coua in the south of its range.



Feeds on insects, spiders and berries, takes also fruit.
Forages on the ground and in middle layers of forest 1 to 5m above the ground.


The nest is a bowl made of twigs, small branches, bark and petioles. It's placed 2m above the ground in a dense bush. Lays 2 dull white eggs.


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

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