Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Red-capped Coua (Coua ruficeps) - HBW 4, p. 582

French: Coua à tête rousse German: Weißkehl-Seidenkuckuck Spanish: Cúa Capirrojo
Other common names: Red-capped Madagascar Coucal

Taxonomy: Coua ruficeps G. R. Gray, 1846, Madagascar.
Traditionally treated as two subspecies, but both ruficeps and olivaceiceps were collected at Mampikohy in Dec, in the breeding season, which, together with notable morphological differences, suggests that they may be distinct species. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ruficeps G. R. Gray, 1846 - W Madagascar, from Mahajanga W & S to near Morondava.
  • olivaceiceps (Sharpe, 1873) - SW Madagascar, from Morondava S to Anony L.