Black-throated Coucal (Centropus leucogaster) - HBW 4, p. 591
French: Coucal à ventre blanc
Spanish: Cucal Ventriblanco
Other common names: Great Coucal(!)
Taxonomy: Polophilus leucogaster Leach, 1814, New Holland; error = Ghana.
Range complementary to that of C. anselli, suggesting that the two may be allospecies. Race neumanni of Zaire has been considered to be more closely related to C. anselli, and perhaps even a distinct species, based mainly on size; size overlap occurs, but evidence unclear as sexes of specimens were not indicated. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- leucogaster (Leach, 1814) - S Senegal and Guinea-Bissau E to SE Nigeria.
- efulensis Sharpe, 1904 - SW Cameroon and Gabon.
- neumanni Alexander, 1908 - NE Zaire.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
an atypical view perched out, walks a short distance, flies Locality Kakum National Park, Central Region, Ghana (ssp leucogaster)
Martin Kennewell 13 December 2010 3 years ago 45 sec 3.8
typical concealed view (actually a good view!), calls, moves off, flies (in slow motion too) Locality Kakum National Park, Central Region, Ghana (ssp leucogaster)
Martin Kennewell 13 December 2010 3 years ago 27 sec 3.3
had been hit by car enroute to Douala but was released unharmed
Locality Douala, Littoral Province, Cameroon
aself 31 March 2007 1 year ago 3.2
a bird taking a bath in a puddle
Locality Bobiri Forest Reserve, Ashanti Region, Ghana (ssp leucogaster)
rainer seifert 18 May 2012 1 year ago 3
A bird peched on vegetation
Locality Mundemba, Southwest Province, Cameroon (ssp efulensis)
Lars Petersson 18 March 2012 22 weeks ago 2.5