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Greater Coucal


This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.


This bird has a very wide range of habitat from high elevation forest down to the grass plains and cultivated or populated areas. A carnivore bird feeding on insects lizards and sometimes raid other smaller birds' nest and eat the chicks and eggs.


This specimen was found roaming around in our backyard she's very weak and cannot fly well so we decided to keep her for several days until she regained strength and released her. She's a regular visitor in our backyard mini forest. Actually this bird was rescued by my father from the children playing with it several months ago. She never leave far from our immediate surroundings when we released her until she grows up. I will upload her photos as my next spotting.

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@ KdonGalay Thanks for the ID.

KdonGalay 6 years ago

lovely find shekainah. I find it as more on of juvenile Greater Coucal due to barred rufous wing and a blackish head than of a paler barred wing and grayish head of the immature viridis, also the bluish tinge is of sinensis.

Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Spotted on Dec 5, 2013
Submitted on Dec 22, 2013

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