Violaceous coucal

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Violaceous coucal
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Genus: Centropus
Species: C. violaceus
Binomial name
Centropus violaceus
Quoy & Gaimard, 1830

The violaceous coucal or violet coucal (Centropus violaceus) is a cuckoo species in the family Cuculidae. It is endemic to Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Formerly classified as a Species of Least Concern by the IUCN, it was suspected to be rarer than generally assumed. Following the evaluation of its population size, this was found to be correct, and it is consequently uplisted to Near Threatened status in 2008.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Centropus violaceus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ BirdLife International (BLI) (2008): [2008 IUCN Redlist status changes].