Coppery-tailed Coucal

Centropus cupreicaudus

This locally common resident in marshes, thick reed beds and adjoining bush is the largest coucal our region has to offer. It can be separated from other species by its size, its blue-black crown extending further down its mantle and by the coppery sheen to its tail.

We first recorded this species in July 2012 while enjoying on a boat ride on the Ockavango River in Northern Namibia.

Copperytailed Coucal / Shamvura, Northern Namibia / 22 July 2012