African Black Coucal (Centropus grillii) - HBW 4, p. 590
French: Coucal noir
Spanish: Cucal Negro
Other common names: Black/Black-chested Coucal
Taxonomy: Centropus Grillii Hartlaub, 1861, Gabon.
Sometimes regarded as conspecific with C. toulou, but voices of the two differ; has also been considered possibly conspecific with C. bengalensis, but their ranges are highly disjunct and, again, vocalizations apparently differ. Monotypic.
Distribution: Senegal, Gambia and Ivory Coast through N Cameroon and Gabon to Ethiopia and Kenya, and S through S & E Zaire to Angola, Zambia, Malawi, N Zimbabwe, Mozambique and NE South Africa (NE Natal).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
immature bird Locality Sapo, Central River Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 29 December 2011 4 years ago 53 sec 4
A bird perched in a tree. Locality Kalizo Lodge, Katima Mulilo, Caprivi Region, Namibia (Monotypic species)
Keith Blomerley 12 January 2007 1 year ago 24 sec 3
Bird perched on a low bush in grassland, preening briefly, around 7.30am Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Ian Hempstead 8 November 2010 4 years ago 31 sec 3
perched out at dawn, preens briefly Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Martin Kennewell 6 June 2004 4 years ago 21 sec 2.5
Adult breeding plumage perched
Locality Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Tanzania
Markus Lilje 5 May 2015 37 weeks ago 4.5
Adult breeding plumage
Locality Kabak Island, Kindia Region, Guinea (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 12 October 2011 4 years ago 4.1
Fronatal view of a bird perched in the bush.
Locality Serengeti, Tanzania (Monotypic species)
Adam Riley 28 February 2011 34 weeks ago 4
Adult breeding plumage perched.
Locality Liunga, Bié Province, Angola (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 26 November 2005 7 years ago 3.3
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