Senegal Coucal (Centropus senegalensis)

The Senegal Coucal (Centropus senegalensis) – is widespread throughout Africa – except the northwest and into south Arabia.

Senegal Coucals are typically found in grassy habitats with trees, including bush and Savannah.

Senegal Coucal



These medium-sized cuckoo measure about 39 cm in length (including the long tail).

The upper plumage, the bill, legs, and tail are mostly blackish. The wings are chestnut-colored and the plumage below is whitish.

Males and females look alike.

Juveniles have a duller plumage and are barred above.


These birds feed on a wide range of insects, caterpillars, and small vertebrates. They occasionally also take other food items.

Breeding / Nesting

Senegal Coucal nest off the ground in vegetation and their large nests are constructed from stalks and leaves. The average clutch consists of 2 -4 eggs.


Their calls are described as a loud ook-ook-ook.

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