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Giant Coua Coua gigas

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Medium
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 149,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals Unknown not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Decreasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4.2 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be fairly common where good forest still exists (del Hoyo et al. 1997).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be increasing as ongoing habitat degradation is creating new areas of suitable habitat.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Madagascar Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Madagascar Analavelona NPA site factsheet
Madagascar Andohahela National Park - Section II site factsheet
Madagascar Baly Bay National Park site factsheet
Madagascar Bemamba Wetland Complex site factsheet
Madagascar Bemarivo Special Reserve site factsheet
Madagascar Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve site factsheet
Madagascar Cap Saint André forest and wetlands site factsheet
Madagascar Isalo (Isalo National Park IBA) site factsheet
Madagascar Kasijy Special Reserve site factsheet
Madagascar Kirindy Mite National Park and extension site factsheet
Madagascar Mahafaly Plateau Forest complex site factsheet
Madagascar Mahavavy - Kinkony wetlands NPA site factsheet
Madagascar Manambolomaty wetland complex and Tsimembo Classified Forest site factsheet
Madagascar Mangoky - Ankazoabo Forest site factsheet
Madagascar Maningoza Special Reserve site factsheet
Madagascar Menabe forest complex site factsheet
Madagascar Mikea Protected Area site factsheet
Madagascar Tsimanampetsotsa National Park and extension site factsheet
Madagascar Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and Strict Nature Reserve site factsheet
Madagascar Tsingy de Namoroka National Park site factsheet
Madagascar Tsitongambarika NPA site factsheet
Madagascar Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park and extension site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 800 m Occasional altitudinal limits  


Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Food (human) Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Coua gigas. Downloaded from on 31/05/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 31/05/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
Species name author (Boddaert, 1783)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 149,000 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species