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 1 year ago 13 sec 4.3
1 perched bird Locality Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 6 years ago 27 sec 4.2
Adult in tree Locality Saly, Thiès Region, Senegal
Pascal Vagner 1 April 2010 5 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 9 years ago 19 sec 4.1
foraging on the ground Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Daniêl Jimenez 3 January 2012 4 years ago 9 sec 4
one bird resting Locality Kololi, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Daniêl Jimenez 26 December 2011 4 years ago 46 sec 4
PhotosSee all 30 photos
Caught while hopping from bush to bush.
Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 11 December 2013 2 years ago 4.7
A perched bird
Locality Banjul, The Gambia
Paul van Giersbergen 17 April 2014 45 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 19 December 2013 26 weeks ago 4.6
Adult perched on edge of reedbed
Locality South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Derek Solomon 14 December 2006 2 years ago 4.4
Locality Abuko Rice Fields, Abuko, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp senegalensis)
Paul Cools 8 February 2012 3 years ago 4.3
Hunting in rank grass near the water's edge.
Locality Darsilami, Western Division, The Gambia
Frans Vandewalle 29 January 2011 2 years ago 4.3