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Buff-headed Coucal - BirdForum Opus

Subsoecues C.m. milo
Photo © by Joe H
Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands, 31 March, 2012
Centropus milo


  • Buff head, upper back and undersides
  • Black wings, lower back and tail
  • Red iris
  • Dark grey bill and legs


  • Black barred, rufous wings and tail
  • Black mottled brown body
  • Brownish-grey iris
  • Bill
    • Brown upper mandible
    • Horn lower


Australasia: found only in the Solomon Islands.
A little known species. Common on New Georgia.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. m. albidiventris:
  • C. m. milo:
  • Southern Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal and Florida Group)


Various forest types in lowlands and hills. Also in thickets in gardens.



Feeds on insects (stick insects, grasshoppers, beetles, centipedes).
Forages mainly on the ground, occasionally ascends into trees.


No information.


This is a resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://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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