Burchell's Coucal | Centropus burchellii

Robert's Birding Information: The Burchells Coucal

The Burchell's Coucal is a Southern African bird that belongs to the centropodidae bird family group which includes birds such as Coucals.Burchells Coucal

The description for the Burchell's Coucal (Latin name Centropus burchellii) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Centropus burchellii can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 391 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 220. You will find a picture of the Burchell's Coucal on page 209.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.Burchell's Coucal

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Burchell's Coucal between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Burchell's Coucal is known in Afrikaans as Gewone Vleiloerie.

The Burchell's Coucal is near Endemic to the Southern African Region which means it is mainly found in this region but is not restricted here alone. The Centropus burchellii can be found in other parts of the world.Burchells Coucal Close Up

The Burchell's Coucal has a height of 41 cms and weighs around 180 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured black. The Centropus burchellii has a brown coloured throat, blue, grey legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are red.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is black.

Eyes are red.

Bill is black.

Legs are blue, grey.

Throat is brown.

Back is black.

Burchells Coucal Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Burchell's Coucal is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

The diet includes small mammals such as rabbits, field mice and other rodents. Rodents are usually taken from the ground and killed using the sharp claws. The Burchell's Coucal uses its hard bill to tear up the flesh.

Burchells Coucal Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Burchell's Coucal is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 5 eggs and they are coloured white.

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

The Burchell's Coucal is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests.

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Burchell's Coucal is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.