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.
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.