Andaman Coucals or Brown Coucals

The Andaman Coucals or Brown Coucals (Centropus andamanensis) are cuckoos found on the Andaman Islands in India and the adjacent Coco Islands in Myanmar. They inhabit subtropical or tropical moist lowland or tropical mangrove forests.


Adults measure about 48 cm. in length, including the tail. They resembles jungle crows but with a longer and broader tail. They have striking chestnut wings. The head and body are fawn brown with darker brown rump and tail.

Breeding / Nesting

The Brown Coucal breeds from February to July. The average clutch consists of 2-3 eggs laid in a dome-shaped nest composed of twigs, grass and leaves.


Their call is described as a deep boom boom boom.

Diet / Feeding

They feed on all kinds of insects, small frogs and lizards etc.

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