Lesser Coucal

Scientific Name: Centropus bengalensis
Malay Name: Bubut Kecil Asia
Chinese Name: 小鸦鹃

Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: bengalensis, lignator, javanensis, philippinensis, sarasinorum, medius.

Local Subspecies: javanensis

Size: 38 cm

Adult resembles Great Coucal but much smaller, duller and has pale streaks on head, neck and upperparts. Juvenile resembles adult but has brownish overall plumage with whitish-buff streaks and blackish bars on wings.

Similar looking species: Greater Coucal

Habitat: Grasslands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequently suns itself on bare branches with wings partly outstretched.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Kranji Marsh, Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat and Tampines Eco Green.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Centropus bengalensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.