Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Goliath Coucal (Centropus goliath)


French: Coucal goliath German: Goliathkuckuck Spanish: Cucal goliat

Centropus goliath


, 1850,



Molecular data indicate that this species is sister to C. toulou#R. Previously thought to be closest to C. menbeki and C. violaceus. Monotypic.


N Moluccas, on Morotai, Halmahera, Tidore, Kasiruta#R#R#R, Bacan and Obi. Not seen recently on Ternate, where probably extirpated#R.

Descriptive notes

62–70 cm. Adult black, with bluish wings and tail, white patch on greater wing-coverts; on Halmahera, also a whitish morph, with buffish on head, and occasional pied... read more


No information available.


Forested areas of all types, including larger patches of scrub at edge of agricultural land on... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Feeds in lower forest subcanopy to 12 m, as well as in understorey.


Little information. Nestling with long white hair-like down, especially on head.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common and conspicuous on Halmahera, but not recorded recently on smaller islands of Obi and Ternate.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2019). Goliath Coucal (Centropus goliath). 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 17 June 2019).