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Centropus celebensis


Photo © by darwin1601
Tangkoko, Sulawesi, Indonesia, December 2018

44 - 50cm (17¼-19¾ in)

  • plumage mostly rufous
  • crown grey
  • back olive-grey
  • wings wine-rufous
  • eye red
  • bill black

Subspecies rufescens more rufous on head, back and breast Juveniles similar to adults but with paler throat and breast and light grey eye.


Endemic to Sulawesi and adjacent islands (Indonesia).
Locally common but status and biology poorly known.


Forms a superspecies with Rufous Coucal.


Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:

  • C. c. celebensis: Northern Sulawesi and Togian Islands
  • C. c. rufescens: Central and southern Sulawesi, Labuan Blanda, Muna and Butung islands


Moist lowland forests and montanes.


Behaviour similar to malkohas. Often climbs through lianas and thick foliage and often in small groups. Frequently associate with malkohas and macaques.


Feeds on large insects, mainly Orthoptera, locusts and beetles.


No information about breeding.


This is a resident species.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. 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
  3. Avibase

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