French: Coucal à tête fauve German: Blasskopfkuckuck Spanish: Cucal milo
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. albidiventris
Rothschild, 1904 – White-bellied Coucal – Vella Lavella, Mbava, Ranongga, Simbo, Gizo, Kolombangara, Kohinggo, New Georgia, Rendova, Tetepare, Vangunu and Nggatokae (WC Solomons).
C. m. milo
Gould, 1856 – Buff-headed Coucal – Guadalcanal and Florida Is (S Solomons).
60–68 cm. Adult black except for buff foreparts; iris red to red-brown, bill black, basal skin deep grey, feet blue-grey. Juvenile brown, mottled with black, wings and... read more
A “sawing” or “snoring” noise; pair members alternate “urrrh” with “-uh”; solitary birds give a... read more
Lowland, hill and mist forest; primary and secondary forest and thickets in gardens.
Food and feeding
Insects, including stick insects, grasshoppers, beetles, pupae; giant centipedes. Feeds mainly on the ground, but also occasionally ascends... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common on New Georgia, where can be found in secondary growth and near human habitation. Little known; research and survey work required.
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