Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Coquerel's Coua (Coua coquereli)


French: Coua de Coquerel German: Coquerel-Seidenkuckuck Spanish: Cúa de Coquerel

Coua Coquereli

A. Grandidier

, 1867,

Morondava, Madagascar


DNA data suggest that this species may be closest to C. cursor#R. Monotypic.


W Madagascar.

Descriptive notes

42 cm; 135 g (juvenile). Appears like a small version of C. gigas. Adult olive-green above, face black, tail tipped white; tan throat and breast, lower breast rufous... read more


Loud, clear “kewkiw­kewkewkew”, also grunts, and a high-pitched “ayoo-ew... read more


Dry forest and humid forest with limited ground cover, to lesser extent second growth, and ranging... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, spiders and berries; fruit form 20% of diet. Feeds mainly on forest floor, on trails, but also in middle layers 1–5 m above... read more


Monogamous. Active nests Nov–Apr, during rainy season. Nest, built by both partners, a bowl of twigs, small branches, petioles and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common within its rather restricted range in W Madagascar, although it is subject to trapping and hunting. Occurs in several... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Coquerel's Coua (Coua coquereli). 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 28 January 2020).