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Photo by mehdhalaouate
Biak, Papua, January 2005
Centropus chalybeus



  • Black plumage
  • Glossed purple upperparts
  • Spiny feathers on foreparts
  • Yellow eye
  • Black bill

Sexes similar. Juveniles are washed rufous and unbarred.

Similar species

Bill straighter than in Greater Black Coucal.


Endemic to Biak Island, (Geelvink Bay off northern New Guinea) Indonesia.
A poorly known species.


This is a monotypic species.
Forms a superspecies with Pheasant Coucal, Kai Coucal and Greater Black Coucal.


Moist lowland forests. Also in second growth.


A terrestrial species. Flies awkwardly.


No information.


No information.


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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