Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Running Coua (Coua cursor)


French: Coua coureur German: Gelbkehl-Seidenkuckuck Spanish: Cúa corredor

Coua cursor

A. Grandidier

, 1867,

Cape Sainte-Marie and Machikora, Madagascar


DNA data suggest that this species may be closest to C. coquereli or C. serriana#R. Monotypic.


SW & S coasts of Madagascar.

Descriptive notes

34–40 cm; 118 g. Adult pale grey-green above, black line around face, tail grey (not bluish); throat tawny-buff, breast light purplish, belly whitish, flanks grey,... read more


Loud, clear “kew­kewkew­kookoor”, also grunts, and ground call “ay-reeyoo... read more


Subarid thorn scrub, spiny desert and dry woodlands with an absence of ground cover, in areas of... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Terrestrial; walks on ground.


Breeds in rains; lays in Oct, young juveniles seen in Feb–Mar. Nest a bowl of twigs and bark, lined with leafstalks, 2 m above ground... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Appears to be generally uncommon within its small range, although locally fairly common, e.g. near Ifaty. Populations require monitoring.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Running Coua (Coua cursor). 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 25 February 2020).