Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Black-throated Coucal (Centropus leucogaster) - HBW 4, p. 591

French: Coucal à ventre blanc German: Weißbauchkuckuck 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.