Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Red-fronted Coua (Coua reynaudii)


Taxonomy

French: Coua de Reynaud German: Rotstirn-Seidenkuckuck Spanish: Cúa frentirrojo
Taxonomy:

Coua Reynaudii

Pucheran

, 1845,

Madagascar

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

N & E Madagascar.

Descriptive notes

38–40 cm; male 128 g, female 163 g. Adult olive-green above, crown rufous, face blackish, long tail green with blue gloss and dark tip; below, darker grey; bare skin... read more

Voice

Brief, raucous, plaintive “koo-ah”, decreasing in volume, repeated several times.

Habitat

Dense vegetation in undisturbed rain forest and thick second growth, especially in tangles of... read more

Food and feeding

Insects (beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars), and sometimes lizards; also fruits and seeds. Moves slowly; walks on forest floor and low... read more

Breeding

Breeds Aug–Jan. Nest a bowl of dry stalks, palm fibres and large leaves, c. 19 cm in diameter and 9 cm high, with wall 5 cm, inside... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Relatively restricted range, but species apparently remains fairly common, and has been reported from more than 30 localities; more numerous at... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2017). Red-fronted Coua (Coua reynaudii). 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/54854 on 21 September 2017).