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Black Coucal - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: African Black Coucal

Photo by martinuk
Murchison Falls National Park, Masindi District, Uganda, July 2013
Centropus grillii



  • Blue-black head and back
  • Grey eye
  • Yellow bill
  • Brown throat
  • Blue-grey legs.


Africa south of the Sahara:
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, eSwatini


This is a monotypic species.[1]

In the past, Black Coucal has been viewed as a subspecies of Malagasy Coucal.


Marsh / grasslands.



The nest is placed in a tree and 2-6 white eggs are laid. Domed nests low in rank grassland also recorded. Sex roles largely reversed. Females initiate copulation with advertising calls from prominent perches. Some are polyandrous. Males tend the young.


The diet includes invertebrates.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase

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