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Rufous Coucal - BirdForum Opus

Centropus unirufus


38-42 cm.

  • Rufous plumage
  • Yellow bare skin around eye
  • Light brown eye
  • Greenish bill with yellow tip

Sexes similar, juveniles similar with hair-like down on head and black bill.


Endemic to northern Philippines (Luzon, Polillo and Catanduanes).
Uncommon and local. Threatened by rapid habitat loss.


This is a monotypic species.
Forms a superspecies with Bay Coucal.


Hill forest, tangled lowland forest with bamboo.


Usually seen near the ground but also in trees.
No information about diet and breeding.
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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