Greater Coucal

Scientific Name: Centropus sinensis

Malay Name: Bubut Besar Asia

Chinese Name: 褐翅鸦鹃

Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia

Taxonomy: 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: Common 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.


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.

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