Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Verreaux's Coua (Coua verreauxi)


French: Coua de Verreaux German: Breitschopf-Seidenkuckuck Spanish: Cúa de Verreaux

Coua Verreauxi

A. Grandidier

, 1867,

Cape Sainte Marie, Madagascar


Possibly part of a clade which includes also C. cristata and C. caerulea#R#R. Monotypic.


SW Madagascar, mainly between R Fiherenana and R Menarandra, but recently extended N to Salary–Bekodoy Forest#R; isolated records from Beloha, Cap Sainte Marie Special Reserve, Tsiombe and Mandrare Basin#R.

Descriptive notes

34–38 cm; one male 98 g, female 97–101 g. Adult green-grey above, head with pale grey dark-tipped crest, tail glossy blue with white tip; white below; bare skin... read more


Call “coy coy coy”, repeated, like that of C. cristata but briefer, more... read more


Subarid thorn scrub, especially Euphorbia and Didierea brush, on sandy or... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Insects and small vertebrates (e.g. lizards), also fruit and seeds of Cassia meridionalis. Stomach contents of one... read more


Very poorly known. Season apparently lasts Oct–Apr, given active nests recorded in Oct, Jan and Apr. Probably monogamous. Nest a... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Range of present species is complementary to that of C. cristata, indicating a recent separation by speciation from it, or... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Verreaux's Coua (Coua verreauxi). 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).