Buff-headed Coucal

This species is a large cuckoo with a heavy bill and short wings. The plumage of adults is striking with a buff head, upper back and undersides, and glossy black wings, lower back and tail. The iris is red and legs and bill are dark grey. Juveniles are very differently colored, with the wings and tail reddish brown with black barring somewhat like in the allopatric Pheasant Coucal, and the rest of the plumage brown mottled with black. The iris is brown-grey and the bill is bicolored, brown above and pale horn below.

The Buff-headed 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 Buff-headed Coucal (Centropus milo) is a species of coucal. These are often placed in the cuckoo family (Cuculidae) but seem to warrant recognition as a distinct family. C. milo is a common endemic of the central islands of the Solomon Islands. Its natural habitat is tropical moist lowland and mountain forests, mostly in primary and secondary growth. This species is a large cuckoo with a heavy bill and short wings. More

Buff-headed Coucal (Centropus milo) by Niels Krabbe from Solomon Islands XC32664 :: Buff-headed Coucal (Centropus milo albidiventris) = Recording data Recordist Niels Krabbe Date 15-12-2006 Time 07:20 Country Solomon Islands Location Ranongga, Western Province Longitude E156. More

saw no less than 25 Buff-headed Coucals in one tree," Dr Vang said. "Blyth's Hornbills, Ducorp's Cockatoos and Buff-headed Coucals were more common than I had ever seen, while the many parrot species were commonly seen in good numbers flying over residential areas. More

Buff-headed Coucal The Buff-headed Coucal (Centropus milo) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. It is endemic to Solomon Islands.Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. See more at Wikipedia.org... More

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Order : Cuculiformes
Family : Cuculidae
Genus : Centropus
Species : milo
Authority : Gould, 1856