French: Coucal de Bernstein German: Bernsteinkuckuck Spanish: Cucal de Bernstein
Other common names:
Lesser Black Coucal
Subspecies and Distribution
C. b. bernsteini
Schlegel, 1866 – W & C New Guinea E to Simbang and the Sattelberg.
C. b. manam
Mayr, 1937 – Manam I (off NE New Guinea).
46–52 cm; male 140 g, female 180 g. Adult black, glossed green above, iris dark brown, bill black. Juvenile barred rufous above, wings and tail narrowly barred buff to... read more
Three hoots, “woop woop woop”, on descending scale, sometimes in longer series; pairs... read more
Scrub, tall cane grass, rank vegetation. Sea-level to 500 m, rarely to 900 m.
Food and feeding
Nest a domed mass of cane grass, with side opening, placed in grass. Eggs 2, white; 32 x 26 mm.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. This coucal is not uncommon in second growth and cane grass, but is shy and difficult to observe. Poorly known in all aspects; research required.
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