French: Coucal faisan German: Fasanspornkuckuck Spanish: Cucal faisán
New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. mui
Mason & McKean, 1984 – Fuiloro Coucal – Timor (Fuiloro Plateau).
C. p. propinquus
Mayr, 1937 – N New Guinea.
C. p. obscuratus
Mayr, 1857 – N coast of SE New Guinea from Huon Gulf to Milne Bay; D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough I, Fergusson I).
C. p. nigricans
(Salvadori, 1876) – SE New Guinea, including Yule I.
C. p. thierfelderi
Stresemann, 1927 – S New Guinea and islands of NW Torres Strait.
C. p. melanurus
Gould, 1847 – N & NW Australia.
C. p. phasianinus
(Latham, 1801) – Pheasant Coucal – E Australia.
53–80 cm; in N New Guinea male 205 g and female 300 g, in Australia male 337 g and female 495 g. Long-tailed pheasant-like bird. Adult male all black, streaked and... read more
Dull booming series of “hooh” notes, falling and then rising in pitch, “coo-coo-... read more
Dense riverine vegetation, long grass, rank herbage, coastal heathlands, margins of swamps,... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, especially insects (grasshoppers, stink-bugs, mantids, stick insects, caterpillars), Sesarma mangrove mud crabs,... read more
In Australia, breeds Sept–May in Queensland, Nov–Mar in Kimberley Division, Dec–Apr in Northern Territory. Nest a covered... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common near the coast, uncommon in semi-arid areas, scarce in arid zone. This species has become uncommon in Pilbara Region, Western Australia, where... read more
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