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 21 videos
A bird foraging around in a tree. Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Yoel Jimenez 16 November 2014 21 weeks ago 13 sec 4.3
1 perched bird Locality Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 5 years ago 27 sec 4.2
Adult in tree Locality Saly, Thiès Region, Senegal
Pascal Vagner 1 April 2010 4 years ago 35 sec 4.1
A bird almost hidden on a bush Locality Nianing, Thiès Region, Senegal (ssp senegalensis)
Juan Sanabria 7 January 2007 8 years ago 19 sec 4.1
foraging on the ground Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Daniêl Jimenez 3 January 2012 3 years ago 9 sec 4
one bird resting Locality Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Daniêl Jimenez 26 December 2011 3 years ago 46 sec 4
PhotosSee all 23 photos
A perched bird
Locality Banjul, The Gambia
PaulvanGiersbergen 17 April 2014 6 weeks ago 4.7
Caught while hopping from bush to bush.
Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 11 December 2013 1 year ago 4.5
Adult perched on edge of reedbed
Locality South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Derek Solomon 14 December 2006 1 year ago 4.4
Locality Abuko Rice Fields, Abuko, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Paul Cools 8 February 2012 2 years ago 4.3
Hunting in rank grass near the water's edge.
Locality Darsilami, Western Division, The Gambia
Frans Vandewalle 29 January 2011 1 year ago 4.3
Perched on branch.
Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia (ssp flecki)
ian wood 21 December 2012 3 years ago 4.2
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