Senegal Coucal Centropus senegalensis
Senegal Coucal, Tono Dam, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

May / June 2011

The Senegal Coucal is distributed in tropical Africa south of the Sahara and along the Nile valley in Egypt. There is a distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in thickets, coarse grass, river edge undergrowth, sugar cane plantations and gardens. It is less associated with wet areas than other African coucals such as the Blue-headed Coucal C. monachus.

Senegal Coucal, Kalakpa, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image The head and tail are glossy black, upperparts are rufous-brown and the underparts are whitish with a buffy wash. The iris is red.

A common vocalisation is a series of hollow hoots rising and then falling in pitch.

Senegal Coucal, Auntutu Forest, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image

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