|At Anjajavy Forest, Madagascar|
Cuculus cristatus Linnaeus, 1766
The crested coua (Coua cristata) is a medium-sized, approximately 44 cm long, 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.
- Coua cristata maxima – only known from a single specimen; possibly extinct (late 20th century) or a hybrid.
The diet consists mainly of various insects, fruits, berries, seeds, snails and chameleons. The female usually lays two white eggs in a nest made from twigs.
Widespread and a common species throughout its large habitat range, the crested coua is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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