Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Andaman Coucal (Centropus andamanensis)


French: Coucal des Andaman German: Andamanenkuckuck Spanish: Cucal de Andamán
Other common names: Brown Coucal

Centropus andamanensis


, 1867,

Andaman Islands


Species name sometimes given erroneously as andamenensis. Closely related to C. sinensis, with which sometimes treated as conspecific. Monotypic.


Andaman Is, Great Nicobar, and neighbouring Table I, Great Coco I and Little Coco I (Myanmar).

Descriptive notes

45–48 cm; 234 g. Adult grey-buff on head, mantle and underparts, back rufous-purple, wings rufous-purple with tip darker bronze, wing-linings grey-buff, tail bronzy-... read more


A deep “boom, boom, boom”.


Forests, cultivations, especially sugarcane, paddyfields, mangrove swamps.

Food and feeding

Grasshoppers, presumably also other insects and small arthropods.


Breeds Feb–Jul. Nest a dome of twigs, grass and leaves. Eggs 2–3, chalky white; 35 x 28 mm.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered near-threatened. Restricted distribution, but within this area species is common, and is the most readily seen endemic bird in... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Andaman Coucal (Centropus andamanensis). 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 on 5 April 2020).