Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Near Threatened

Rufous Coucal (Centropus unirufus)


Taxonomy

French: Coucal roux German: Bambuskuckuck Spanish: Cucal rufo
Taxonomy:

Pyrrhocentor unirufus

Cabanis and Heine

, 1863,

Luzon, Philippines

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Probably closest to C. melanops#R. Previously thought to be closest to C. celebensis. Proposed race polillensis (Polillo) probably inseparable from birds in rest of species’ range. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Luzon, Polillo and Catanduanes, in N Philippines.

Descriptive notes

38–42 cm; 184 g. Adult rufous, bare skin around eye yellow, iris light brown, bill greenish with yellow tip, feet black. Juvenile as adult, but white hair-like down on... read more

Voice

Call a shrill, plaintive “kaow” when separated from its mate.

Habitat

Hill forest in matted undergrowth, tangled lowland forest with bamboo, usually on or near ground,... read more

Food and feeding

Not known.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered near-threatened. Situation may be somewhat precarious because of restricted range and the loss of forest habitat therein. The... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2017). Rufous Coucal (Centropus unirufus). 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/54861 on 22 June 2017).