French: Coucal toulou German: Tulukuckuck Spanish: Cucal malgache
Other common names:
Madagascar Black Coucal
Subspecies and Distribution
C. t. toulou
(Statius Müller, 1776) – Madagascar.
C. t. insularis
Ridgway, 1894 – Aldabra; formerly also Assumption I (S of Aldabra), where now extinct.
40–46 cm; male 139 g, female 189 g (toulou), male 117 g, female 131 g (insularis). Adult black, but for unbarred rufous-chestnut middle and lower back... read more
Muffled “toogoo toogoo toogoo...”, decreasing in volume, duets; a “water-bottle” call, also a... read more
Dense vegetation or underbrush in forest, primary forest, recent clearings, second growth,... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, large insects (beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars), spiders, lizards, rats, chicks and eggs. Feeds on ground, in thick... read more
Adults in breeding plumage Jul–Sept; nesting records Sept–Mar. Nest a large domed sphere, woven from dry grass, 1–4 m... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and fairly common in Madagascar, except on the denuded central plateau; estimated population of several hundred birds in Aldabra Is, where... read more
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