Scientific Name: Centropus sinensis
Malay Name: Bubut Besar
Chinese Name: 褐翅鸦鹃
Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia
Polytypic. Subspecies are: sinensis, parroti, intermedius, bubutus, anonymus, kangeangensis
Local Subspecies: bubutus
Size: 48-52 cm
Identification: Adult is distinctive looking with glossy purplish blue-black plumage and contrasting chestnut back and wings. Juvenile resembles adult but has duller overall plumage with rufous-chestnut streaks on body and blackish bars on wings.
Similar looking species: Lesser Coucal
Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth, mangroves, parks and gardens.
Local Status: Rare resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Central Catchment Forest, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Neo Tiew Lane 2 and Satay by the Bay.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia