Crested Couas

Crested Couas

Crested Couas (Coua cristata) - Adult

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The Crested Couas (Coua cristata) are also known as Crested Madagascar Coucas.


Alternate (Global) Names


Chinese: 凤头马岛鹃 ... Czech: Kukal korunkatý, kukalka chocholatá ... Danish: Toppet Silkegøg ... Dutch: Kuifcoua ... Spanish: Cúa Crestada, Cúa Crestado ... Estonian: tutt-siidkägu ... Finnish: Töyhtökuku ... French: Coua huppé ... German: Spitzschopfcoua, Spitzschopf-Seidenkuckuck ... Italian: Coua dalla cresta, Cua crestato ... Japanese: kammurijikakkou, kanmurijikakkou, カンムリジカッコウ, カンムリヂカッコウ ... strong>Malagasy: Abosanga, Tivoka, Tokambolo, Tsikokofotsy, Tsiloko, tsipara ... Norwegian: Toppkoa ... Polish: kuja czubata ... Russian: Хохлатая мадагаскарская кукушка ... Slovak: koa chochlatá ... Swedish: Tofscoua


Distribution

As is suggested by its common name, this species is endemic to Madagascar where it is common.

It occurs in forests, savanna and brushland areas, from sea-level to altitude of 3,000 feet (~t 900 meters).

Crested Coua


Crested CouaSubspecies and Ranges

  • Coua cristata cristata (Linnaeus, 1766) - Nominate Race
    • Range: Northern and eastern Madagascar, southwest to the district of Mahajanga situated on the north-west coast of Madagascar.
    Coua cristata dumonti (Delacour, 1931)
    • Range: Western Madagascar from Mahajanga to Morondava.
    Coua cristata pyropyga (Grandidier, 1867)
    • Range: Southwestern Madagascar between Morondava and Toliara, also south to Amboasary located in southeastern Madagascar.
    Coua cristata maxima (Milon, 1950)
    • Range: Southeastern Madagascar (near Tolagnaro).

Description:

They are medium-sized, measuring about 17 inches or 44 cm in length. The plumage is mostly greenish-grey with a grey crest.

Like all couas, they have blue bare skin patches around the eyes. The chest is rufous-colored, the abdomen is white, and the long purplish-blue tail feathers have white tips.

The eyes are brown. The bill and legs are black.


Diet:

Their diet consists mainly of various insects, fruits, berries, seeds, small reptiles, snails and chameleons.


Breeding / Nesting:

Unlike cuckoos, Crested Couas build their own nests out of twigs, and incubate their own white-colored eggs. A clutch usually consists of two eggs. They also raise their own young. The nests are usually well hidden in trees or bushes.

Crested Coua


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