Madagascar Coucal Centropus toulou
(aka Malagasy Coucal, Madagascar Black Coucal)
Madagascar Coucal, Berenty Reserve, Madagascar, November 2016 - click for larger image

November 2016

The Madagascar Coucal is endemic to Madagascar where it is found in dense vegetation in forest, woodland, mangroves and gardens up to about 1,800 metres. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

In breeding plumage, as shown here, it is black with rufous-chestnut lower back and wings. In non-breeding plumage it is striped tan above with pale shafts on the black plumage. The bill is black and the iris is deep red.

The song is a muffled series decreasing in volume.

Madagascar Coucal, Perinet, Madagascar, November 2016 - click for larger image
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