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Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Senegal Coucal (Centropus senegalensis) - HBW 4, p. 592

French: Coucal du Senégal German: Spornkuckuck 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.