The Burchell's Coucals (Centropus burchelli) occur naturally in Africa and are by come considered to be the southern subspecies of the White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus)
Calls / Vocalizations
This species' distinctive call, which resembles water pouring from a bottle, is said to signal impending rainfall, earning the bird the name "Rainbird."
This Coucal measures about 16" or 410mm in length and has a striking plumage, with a broad, yellowish-white supercilliary stripe, which is a unique feature amongst other coucals within its range.
Its habit of skulking in shubbery, undergrowth and dense waterside vegetation makes it difficult to spot.
Diet / Feeding
They mostly feed on insects, but it will also take young birds and eggs.
Breeding / Nesting
The Burchell's Coucal is non-parasitic (they raise their own young). The males construct a nest, they then incubate the eggs and provide most of the feeding and care for the young.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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