Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Red-breasted Coua (Coua serriana)


French: Coua de Serrès German: Rotbrust-Seidenkuckuck Spanish: Cúa pechirrojo

Coua Serriana


, 1845,



Possibly part of a clade which also includes †C. delalandei and C. gigas#R. Monotypic.


E & NE Madagascar from N Onive R to Andapa Basin, E to Masoala Peninsula and then W through Tsaratanana massif to Sambirano and Daraina regions#R.

Descriptive notes

42 cm; 298 g. Adult dark green-brown above, long blue-black tail, blackish brown below, chest dark rufous; bare skin around eye blue, iris brown, bill black. Juvenile with... read more


Noisy; repeated loud “koo ha”, a melodic “tee oooo”, also grunts.


Undisturbed rain forest. Tends to occur in more open areas and at lower levels than C.... read more

Food and feeding

Berries and fruits; also seeds and insects. Mainly terrestrial, foraging by walking on ground, or on horizontal branch; walks and runs,... read more


Nest a bowl of intertwined branches, 2–4 m above ground in a fern or pandanus. Eggs 2, white.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Present in several protected areas, e.g. Mantadia National Park (10,000 ha), and recently established (1997) Masoala Peninsula National Park (over... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Red-breasted Coua (Coua serriana). 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).