White-browed Coucal | Centropus superciliosus

Robert's Birding Information: Whitebrowed Coucal

The White-browed Coucal is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Centropodidae bird family group which includes birds such as Coucals.

The description for the White-browed Coucal (Latin name Centropus superciliosus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Centropus superciliosus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of and the detailed description of this bird is on page 219. You will find a picture of the White-browed 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.

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 White-browed Coucal between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The White-browed Coucal has a height of 41 cms and weighs around 170 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured black. The Centropus superciliosus has a brown coloured throat, blue legs and a black, brown 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.

Throat is brown.

Back is black, brown.

Whitebrowed Coucal Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The White-browed Coucal is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

White Browed Coucal Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The White-browed 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 3 to 5 eggs and they are coloured white.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

The White-browed 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 found in the African bushveld.

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

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The White-browed Coucal is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.