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Goliath Coucal - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by THE_FERN. Foli, Halmahera Indonesia, July 2023

Alternative names: Large Coucal; Giant Coucal

Centropus goliath


62 - 70cm. A very large Coucal.

  • Black plumage
  • Bluish wings and tail
  • White patch on greater wing-coverts
  • Whitish morph on Halmahera with buffish on head; occasionally pied individuals

Sexes similar. Juveniles are black above with white patch on wing-coverts, chestnut head, neck and underparts with diamond-shaped streaks and blackish belly.


South-east Asia: found in the northern Moluccas (Morotai, Halmahera, Tidore, Bacan and Obi).
Common on Halmahera.


This is a monotypic species.
Forms a superspecies with Violaceous Coucal and Greater Black Coucal.


Various types of forests, also in scrub at edge of agricultural land. Up to 250m on Bacan.



No information. Forages in lower sub-canopy up to 12m and in under-storey.


Little known. Nestlings have long white hair-like down on head.


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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