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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Greater Coucal)

BirdLife International. (2016). Centropus sinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.