Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Kai Coucal (Centropus spilopterus)


French: Coucal des Kaï German: Kaikuckuck Spanish: Cucal de las Kai

Centropus spilopterus

G. R. Gray

, 1858,

Kai Islands


Commonly treated as a race of C. phasianinus. Probably also close to C. violaceus and C. bernsteini#R. Monotypic.


Kai Is, in SE Moluccas.

Descriptive notes

60 cm. Adult black, feather shafts glossy black, long tail glossed green, iris red, bill black, feet black. Female larger. Juvenile barred dark brown and buff, bill reddish... read more


Not known.


Insufficient information.

Food and feeding



Breeding season: nestling in Jul. Nest not described. Eggs white; 36 x 27 mm. Nestling similar to juvenile, often barred whitish, iris... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered near-threatened. Very restricted range, with no details available about relative densities. Very little is known about this... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Kai Coucal (Centropus spilopterus). 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 February 2020).