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Black-faced Coucal - BirdForum Opus

Photo by tony.saw
Picop, Mindanao, Philippines, February 2001
Centropus melanops


42 - 48cm. A distinctive coucal.

  • Black face, pale buff rest of head
  • Red eye
  • Black bill
  • Pale buff breast
  • Brown wings
  • Glossy black tail
  • Black lower breast and belly
  • banken with slightly more black on forehead

Females are larger, juveniles similar to adults.


Endemic to the southern Philippines.
Used to be common on Mindanao, but forests have now almost completely disappeared. Still common at PICOP near Bislig but ongoing forest destruction in this area.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. m. banken:
  • C. m. melanops:
  • Southern Philippines (Basilan, Mindanao, Nipa, Dinagat and Siargao)

The subspecies banken may not be valid.


Moist lowland forests. Occurs from lowlands up to 1200m.



No information.


The nest is undescribed. The eggs are white.


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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