Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Running Coua (Coua cursor)


Taxonomy

French: Coua coureur German: Gelbkehl-Seidenkuckuck Spanish: Cúa corredor
Taxonomy:

Coua cursor

A. Grandidier

, 1867,

Cape Sainte-Marie and Machikora, Madagascar

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DNA data suggest that this species may be closest to C. coquereli or C. serriana#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW & S coasts of Madagascar.

Descriptive notes

34–40 cm; 118 g. Adult pale grey-green above, black line around face, tail grey (not bluish); throat tawny-buff, breast light purplish, belly whitish, flanks grey,... read more

Voice

Loud, clear “kew­kewkew­kookoor”, also grunts, and ground call “ay-reeyoo... read more

Habitat

Subarid thorn scrub, spiny desert and dry woodlands with an absence of ground cover, in areas of... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Terrestrial; walks on ground.

Breeding

Breeds in rains; lays in Oct, young juveniles seen in Feb–Mar. Nest a bowl of twigs and bark, lined with leafstalks, 2 m above ground... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Appears to be generally uncommon within its small range, although locally fairly common, e.g. near Ifaty. Populations require monitoring.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2017). Running Coua (Coua cursor). 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/54855 on 19 September 2017).