Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Near Threatened

Biak Coucal (Centropus chalybeus)


Taxonomy

French: Coucal de Biak German: Biakkuckuck Spanish: Cucal de Biak
Taxonomy:

Nesocentor chalybeus

Salvadori

, 1876,

Biak, New Guinea

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Very close to C. menbeki#R. In past grouped with C. bernsteini, C. phasianinus and C. spilopterus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Biak I (Geelvink Bay), in N New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

44–46 cm. Adult black, glossed purple above, spiny feathers on foreparts, iris yellow, bill black (straighter than that of C. menbeki). Juvenile washed rufous... read more

Voice

Loud: a hollow note, repeated, a descending series of upslurred hoots going up and down in waves, a... read more

Habitat

Primarily lowland forest, also second growth.

Food and feeding

Diet unknown. Feeds on ground, also in vines and in trees; noisy on ground, where hops; flies awkwardly, like other coucals.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered near-threatened. According to one report, hunting and habitat destruction have severely reduced numbers in S of island, so main... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2017). Biak Coucal (Centropus chalybeus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/54872 on 22 June 2017).