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.
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Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
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. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22684229A93020052.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Greater Coucal. Retrieved on June 4, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/greater-coucal.