Scientific Name: Centropus bengalensis
Malay Name: Bubut Kecil Asia
Chinese Name: 小鸦鹃
Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: bengalensis, lignator, javanensis, philippinensis, sarasinorum, medius.
Local Subspecies: javanensis
Size: 38 cm
Identification: 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
Behaviour/Ecology: Frequently suns itself on bare branches with wings partly outstretched.
Local Status: Common resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Kranji Marsh, Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat and Tampines Eco Green.
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Lesser Coucal)
BirdLife International. (2016). Centropus bengalensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22684254A93021566.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Lesser Coucal. Retrieved on May 29, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/lesser-coucal.