Crested Coua: Medium-sized and most attractive bird
The crested coua is a medium-sized bird and one of the most attractive birds.
Its scientific name is Coua cristata.
Approximately it is 44 cm long. The color is greenish-grey coua with grey crest, blue bare orbital skin, rufous breast, brown iris, black bill and legs, white belly, and long white-tipped purplish-blue tail feathers.
The crested coua is a type of cuckoo bird. The male and female of a pair cooperate to care for their chicks. Crested coua chicks have unique red and white markings inside their mouths that look like bull’s eyes, presumably to show their parents where to put the food.
The Crested Coua is surprisingly a weak flier. The birds don’t fly long distances but they use their tail for balance while walking along small branches, high in the trees. To make branch walking even easier, they have the ability to reverse their third toe giving them a Vulcan death grip. This makes it practically impossible to push these birds of their favorite branch.
This species is endemic to Madagascar where it is common. It occurs in forests, savanna, and brushland areas, from sea-level to altitude of 3,000 feet.
Their diet consists mainly of various insects, fruits, berries, seeds, small reptiles, snails, and chameleons.
Breeding & Lifecycle
The female usually lays two white eggs in a nest made from twigs.
Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks when hatched.
The nest is built in a tree or bush and is made from twigs.
Utters a loud, descending ‘koa-koa-koa’, mainly before sunset. They respond to each other calls creating a chorus effect.
Species: C. cristata
Binomial name: Coua cristata
See Caribbean Dove Life cycle