French: Coucal mênebiki German: Mohrenkuckuck Spanish: Cucal menebiki
Other common names:
Greater Black Coucal
Lesson and Garnot
New Guinea = Manokwari
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. menbeki
Lesson & Garnot, 1828 – W Papuan Is and New Guinea, including Numfor I (in Geelvink Bay).
C. m. jobiensis
Stresemann & Paludan, 1932 – Yapen I (Geelvink Bay).
C. m. aruensis
(Salvadori, 1878) – Aru Is.
60–67 cm; race jobiensis male 480 g and female 553 g, race menbeki male 293 g. Adult huge, glossy black, with long tail, iris red, bill whitish with... read more
Low-pitched, resonant booming hoots in staccato; single-note “oodle”, also pairs of... read more
Forest, forest edge, shrub and lower middle storeys. Sea-level to 800 m.
Food and feeding
Small vertebrates (snakes, frogs, small birds), arthropods, large insects (grasshoppers, cicadas, caterpillars). Feeds on ground, where... read more
Oviduct egg in Apr; recently fledged young Jan, Oct. Nest a large mass of leaves, in pandanus, in wet season. Oviduct egg white; 37 x 30 mm. read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. A widely distributed species in New Guinea, but apparently uncommon throughout. Approximate density estimated at 1 bird/10 ha.
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