Senegal Coucal (Centropus senegalensis) - HBW 4, p. 592
French: Coucal du Senégal
Spanish: Cucal Senegalés
Other common names: Rufous-bellied Coucal (“epomidis”)
Taxonomy: Cuculus senegalensis Linnaeus, 1766, Senegal.
Darker rufous form “epomidis” of coastal Nigeria and also Ghana has sometimes been treated as a valid race, or even as a separate species, but interbreeds freely with white-bellied form of nominate senegalensis. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- aegyptius (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) - Egypt, from R Nile S to El Minya.
- senegalensis Linnaeus, 1766 - Senegal and Gambia E to Uganda, W Kenya, Eritrea and Somalia, and S to NW Angola, SC Zaire and L Victoria.
- flecki Reichenow, 1893 - E Angola, NE Namibia and N Botswana E through S Zaire (Shaba), Zambia and Malawi to Zimbabwe and SW Tanzania.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 20 videos
1 perched bird Locality Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 3 years ago 27 sec 4.2
foraging on the ground Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Daniêl Jimenez 3 January 2012 1 year ago 9 sec 4
Adult in tree Locality Saly, Thiès Region, Senegal
Pascal Vagner 1 April 2010 2 years ago 35 sec 4
A bird looking around on a branch Locality Brufut, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Eldert Groenewoud 25 October 2005 5 years ago 12 sec 3.9
A bird perched atop a dead trunk, in a sunning posture. Locality Bijilo Forest Park, Bijilo, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 1 November 2008 4 years ago 19 sec 3.8
one bird resting Locality Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Daniêl Jimenez 26 December 2011 1 year ago 46 sec 3.7
PhotosSee all 11 photos
Locality Abuko Rice Fields, Abuko, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Paul Cools 8 February 2012 27 weeks ago 4.3
Perched on branch.
Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia (ssp flecki)
ian wood 21 December 2012 1 year ago 4.2
Close-up of an adult
Locality Saly, Thiès Region, Senegal (ssp senegalensis)
Alain Fossé 18 February 2004 3 years ago 4
A bird in the bush
Locality Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia
Piotr Jonczyk 17 January 2009 3 years ago 3.8
Adult bird in a tree.
Locality Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia
David Lingard 26 December 2007 1 year ago 3.5
Locality Pirang, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Juan José Bazán Hiraldo 13 October 2008 2 years ago 3.4
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