Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)


Coral-billed Ground-cuckoo (Carpococcyx renauldi)


French: Calobate d’Annam German: Renauldkuckuck Spanish: Cuco terrestre de Indochina

Carpococcyx Renauldi


, 1896,

Province of Quang-tri, Annam




Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam (absent from W Tonkin).

Descriptive notes

65–70 cm; 400 g (captive, 44 days after hatching, when nearly full grown). Adult grey above, head, neck and throat black, rump unbarred dark grey to rufous, primaries... read more


Low melancholy whistle or loud, moaning rolling whistle in territory defence, repeated every 5... read more


Forests (lower and middle strata), second growth, scrub, dense cover on ground, rocky areas.... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, small reptiles, small mammals, small birds; captives require a high-protein diet, maintained on pigeon grain, take newborn mice,... read more


Until recently the only documented nesting attempts were of captive birds. Nest an open platform of leaves and branches, twigs of figs,... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Uncommon in Thailand, where still fairly numerous in semi-evergreen forests in parts of NE & SE up to 900 m, in selectively logged forest. Caught in noose... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & de Juana, E. (2020). Coral-billed Ground-cuckoo (Carpococcyx renauldi). 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 9 April 2020).