Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Black-faced Coucal (Centropus melanops)


French: Coucal à face noire German: Maskenkuckuck Spanish: Cucal carinegro

Centropus melanops


, 1830,

Java; error = Mindanao, Philippines


Thought to be sister to C. steerii and C. rectunguis#R. Races weakly differentiated, and species perhaps better treated as monotypic#R. Two subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. m. banken Hachisuka, 1934 – Samar, Biliran, Leyte and Bohol (EC Philippines).
  • C. m. melanops Lesson, 1830 – Dinagat, Siargao, Nipah, Mindanao and Basilan (SE Philippines).
  • Descriptive notes

    42–48 cm; male 213 g, female 214 g. Adult black above, head, neck and breast pale buff, face black, wings brown, tail glossy black, lower breast and belly black; iris... read more


    Not described.


    Forests, in treetops and tangled undergrowth, second growth. Lowlands to 1200 m.

    Food and feeding

    Not described.


    Nest undescribed. Eggs white; 37 x 29 mm.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. This was a common species in Mindanao 60 years ago, but the forests have now almost completely disappeared; still common at PICOP, near Bislig. It... read more

    Recommended citation

    Payne, R. (2017). Black-faced Coucal (Centropus melanops). 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 20 November 2017).