White-browed coucal

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White-browed coucal
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Burchell's Coucal (Centropus burchelli)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Genus: Centropus
Species: C. superciliosus
Binomial name
Centropus superciliosus
Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833

The white-browed coucal (Centropus superciliosus) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. It is found in sub-Saharan Africa. It inhabits areas with thick cover afforded by rank undergrowth and scrub, including in suitable coastal regions.

The southern subspecies is sometimes split as Burchell's coucal, Centropus burchelli. According to popular Southern African lore, this species' distinctive call, which resembles water pouring from a bottle, is said to signal impending rainfall, earning the bird the affectionate moniker rainbird.


The Burchell's Coucal (Centropus Burchelli) is a different species to the White-browed Coucal (Centropus Superciliosus)and both species occur in the Southern African region.

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