Black Coucal

The species has the role of sexes reversed with the males tending the nest while females are polyandrous and maintain territories. Studies on the hormonal system show that Progesterone is responsible for controlling the aggressiveness of females.

The Black Coucal is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Black Coucal (Centropus grillii) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. It is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. More

coucal species, the Black Coucal, is polyandrous. Some species (Centropus phasianinus) have the male investing more in incubation and parental care. Recent DNA evidence suggests that they should be raised to family status, as Centropodidae. Description - Many coucals have a long claw on their hind toe (hallux). The genus name from Greek kentron, a spike and pous for foot describe this hallux claw. More

Aspects of the topic black coucal are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * type of coucal (in coucal (bird)) The black, or black-chested, coucal (C. toulou) is 33 cm (13 inches) long. All black except for brown wings, it is whitish streaked in nonbreeding plumage (the only cuckoo to have seasonal coloration change). It ranges from eastern Africa to ... More

Black Coucals Centropus grillii were first located on the airstrip site in 2003 by Geoff Nichols, Durban’s horticultural (and birding) guru. In January 2004 two nests were located by Greg Davies and Murray Christian. At least 3 - 4 breeding males have been active in this knee-high grassland region during the past two years but sadly this is all due to come to a very abrupt end. More

black coucal kruger national park birds The Black Coucal (Latin name Centropus grillii) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 388 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 216 also a picture of the Black Coucal on page 209. The Black Coucal belongs to the family of birds classified as centropodidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Black Coucal is also known by these other names: African Black Coucal. More

English: Abaya Black Coucal, Abaya Black-chested Coucal, African Black Coucal, Black Coucal, Black-bellied Coucal, Black-chested Coucal, Natal Black Coucal, Natal Black-chested Coucal, Togoland Black Coucal, Togoland Black-chested Coucal Spanish: Cucal Negro Estonian: luha-kannuskägu Finnish: Mustavatsakukaali French: Coucal de Grill, Coucal noir, Coucal noiron, Coucal noirou Italian: Cucal nerastro, Cuculo fagiano pettonero Japanese: munagurobanken Japanese: ムナグロバンケン Latin: Centropus grillii, Centropus grillii caeruleiceps, Centropus grillii grillii, Centropus grillii thierryi, Centropus grillii More

Picture of Centropus grillii above has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.
Original source: David Bygott
Author: David Bygott
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Order : Cuculiformes
Family : Cuculidae
Genus : Centropus
Species : grillii
Authority : Hartlaub, 1861