Buff-headed Coucals

The Buff-headed Coucal (Centropus milo) is common within its native range of the central islands of the Solomon Islands. It inhabits tropical moist lowland and mountain forests, mostly in primary and secondary growth.


This large cuckoo has a heavy bill and short wings. The adults have a buff head, upper back and undersides, and glossy black wings, lower back and tail. The eyes are red and legs and bill are dark grey.

Juveniles have reddish wings and a brown tail with black barring. The rest of the plumage is brown mottled with black. The eyes are brown-grey and the upper bill is brown and the lower bill is pale.

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