Burchell’s Coucal

Centropus burchellii (near-endemic)

This near-endemic bird is the most common coucal in South Africa and can be distinguished from the very similar senegal coucal by its barred rump and base to the tail.

I can remember the “rain bird” from when I was a youngster visiting the lowveld with my parents. Its bubbling call is an iconic sound of the african bush. We first recorded this species in December 2009 while staying near Pennington on the south coast of KwaZulu Natal.


Burchell’s Coucal – juvenile / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 11 January 2013 Burchell’s Coucal / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / April 2018 Burchell’s Coucal / Dinokeng Game Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / February 2018 Burchell’s Coucal (Burchellii) / Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa / 16 March 2011 Burchell’s Coucal / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / April 2018 Burchell’s Coucal / Dinokeng Game Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / February 2018 Burchell’s Coucal (Burchellii) / Old Verdana Spa Road, South Africa / 19 August 2011 Burchell’s Coucal – juvenile / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 11 January 2013 Burchell’s Coucal / Dinokeng Game Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa / February 2018 Burchell’s Coucal / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 29 June 2013
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