Greater Coucal

Scientific Name: Centropus sinensis
Malay Name: Bubut Besar Asia
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

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 (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Neo Tiew Lane 2, Satay by the Bay, Pasir Ris Park and any suitable habitat.

Featured articles:

BirdLife International. (2016). Centropus sinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.