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Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus

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 Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 1,750,000 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 Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.8 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified. However, the species is reported to be sparsely distributed but locally common (del Hoyo et al. 1997).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Angola Native Extant       Yes
Botswana Native Extant       Yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Native Extant       Yes
Malawi Native Extant       Yes
Mozambique Native Extant       Yes
Namibia Native Extant       Yes
Tanzania Native Extant       Yes
Zambia Native Extant       Yes
Zimbabwe Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Angola Caconda site factsheet
Angola Cameia National Park site factsheet
Angola Cangandala National Park site factsheet
Angola Cuango site factsheet
Angola Cuelei site factsheet
Angola Cutato site factsheet
Angola Luando Strict Nature Reserve site factsheet
Botswana Chobe National Park site factsheet
Botswana Linyanti swamp/Chobe river site factsheet
Botswana Okavango Delta site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Kundelungu National Park site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Lufira valley site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Marungu highlands site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Upemba National Park site factsheet
Namibia Eastern Caprivi wetlands site factsheet
Namibia Mahango Game Reserve and Kavango river site factsheet
Tanzania Kagera swamps site factsheet
Tanzania Kilombero Valley site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Rukwa site factsheet
Tanzania Loazi-Kalambo Forest Reserves and surrounding area site factsheet
Tanzania Moyowosi - Kigosi Game Reserves site factsheet
Tanzania Udzungwa Mountains site factsheet
Tanzania Usangu flats site factsheet
Zambia Bangweulu Swamps site factsheet
Zambia Barotse Floodplains site factsheet
Zambia Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage site factsheet
Zambia Chisamba site factsheet
Zambia Chitunta Plain site factsheet
Zambia Kafue Flats site factsheet
Zambia Kafue National Park site factsheet
Zambia Kalungwishi site factsheet
Zambia Kasanka National Park site factsheet
Zambia Liuwa Plain National Park site factsheet
Zambia Luapula Mouth site factsheet
Zambia Lukanga Swamp site factsheet
Zambia Lusenga Plain National Park site factsheet
Zambia Machile site factsheet
Zambia Minyanya Plain site factsheet
Zambia Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and Batoka Gorge site factsheet
Zambia Mutinondo Wilderness site factsheet
Zambia Mweru Wantipa National Park site factsheet
Zambia Nkanga River Conservation Area site factsheet
Zambia North Swaka site factsheet
Zambia Saise River site factsheet
Zambia Shiwa Ng'andu site factsheet
Zambia Simungoma site factsheet
Zambia Sioma Ngwezi National Park site factsheet
Zambia Sumbu National Park and Tondwa Game Management Area site factsheet
Zambia Uningi Pans site factsheet
Zambia West Lunga National Park and Lukwakwa Game Management Area site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Seasonally Wet/Flooded suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha) suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha) suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha) suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Shrub Dominated Wetlands suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 1250 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Centropus cupreicaudus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/11/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/11/2014.

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 Reichenow, 1896
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 1,750,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change