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Short-toed Coucal - BirdForum Opus

Photo by James Eaton
Danum Valley, Sabah Malaysia
Centropus rectunguis



  • Black plumage glossed purplish blue
  • Chestnut wings and mantle
  • Red eye
  • Black bill and legs

Sexes similar, females are slightly larger. Juveniles are barred blackish and rufous-buff above, the upper head is brown-streaked chestnut, the wings are chestnut with black bars on coverts, the tail is black with fine white bars, chin and belly are dark brown with dull white barring, some are nearly black below.

Similar species

Similar to Greater Coucal but smaller and with shorter tail.


Southern Thailand, through Peninsular Malaysia to Borneo and Sumatra.


This is a monotypic species.


Found in closed-canopy lowland forests. Also in coastal scrub, casuarinas, long grass and dense jungle.
Occurs from lowlands up to 1700m.



Feeds presumably mainly on insects.


The nest is undescribed, the eggs are white. No other information.


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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