Centropus sinensis   (Stephens,  1815) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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A clumsy, glossy black bird with conspicuous chestnut wings and long, broad, black, graduated tail. Sexes alike. Singly or pairs, stalking along the ground in undergrowth.

Voice: Call- A deep, resonant coop-coop-coop etc., in series of 6 or 7 and up to 20, repeated quickly in varying tempo. Two birds frequently join in an uneven duet. Also utters a variety of harsh croaks and gurgling chuckles.

Habits: One of the non-parasitic cuckoos, and largely terrestrial. Affects open forest, scrub-and-bush country interspersed with grassland and shrubbery, and groves about human habitations. Stalks along the ground, or clambers and hops with agility amongst branches of shrubs in search of food, caterpillars, large insects, lizards, young mice, and birds' eggs and nestlings. Particularly destructive to the last two.

Nesting: Season- February to September, varying locally. Nest- a large untidy globular mass of twigs, leaves, etc., with a lateral entrance. Placed in the centre of a tangled thorny shrub at moderate height. Eggs- 3 or 4, chalky, glossless white. Both sexes share all domestic duties.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Greater Coucal (English)
• Crow-Pheasant (English)
• Coucal (English)
• Mahoka (Hindi)
• Kuka (Hindi)
• Great Coucal
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Goa, Mollem INDIA (Record: 04/01/1969)
• Mangalore, Nethravathi INDIA
• Mangalore, Pavoor INDIA
• Mangalore, Someshwar INDIA
• Orissa, Dhamra Port INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Lainer, H (2004) Birds of Goa : A reference book The Goa Foundation, Goa 244 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Ali, S (1977) The book of Indian birds Bombay Natural History Society 175 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Mango Verde Available at - http://www.mangoverde.com/
  • Ramitha, M and Vijayalaxmi, KK. (2001) A checklist of Birds in and around Mangalore University campus, Karnataka Zoos' Print Journal Department of Studies and Research in Applied Zoology, Mangalore University, Mangalagangothri, Karnataka, India. 16(5) 489-492 Available at - http://www.zoosprint.org/ZooPrintJournal/2001/May/489-492.pdf
  • Dutta, SK (2007) Biodiversity assessment of Dhamra port site and surrounding areas, Orissa Greenpeace India 4-38 Available at - http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/content/india/press/reports/greenpeace-biodiversity.pdf
  • Srinivasulu, C (2004) Birds of kawal wildlife sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh , India Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 101(1) 3-25 Available at - NIO, Goa

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