White-browed Coucals

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White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus)


White-browed CoucalThe White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus) is a species of cuckoo that is found in sub-Saharan Africa - its range stretches from South of the Congo forests, through southwest to north-eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), then through South Sudan, Ethiopia and West Somalia. In Kenya, it is the most common of the coucals - although it is less common or absent from the more arid regions.

The southern subspecies is sometimes split as Burchell's Coucal, Centropus burchelli.


Calls / Vocalizations

According to popular Southern African lore, this species' distinctive call, which resembles water pouring from a bottle, is said to signal impending rainfall, earning the bird the name "Rainbird."


Description

It is about 16" or 410mm in long 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

It has a wide diet consisting mostly of insects, but it will also take young birds and eggs.


Breeding / Nesting

The White-browed 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.

White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus)White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus)

White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus)

White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus)

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson



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