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White-necked Coucal

Centropus ateralbus

The White-necked coucal, also known as the pied coucal, is a distinctive species of cuckoo belonging to the family Cuculidae. It is a bird that captures the imagination with its striking appearance and is endemic to the Bismarck Archipelago.

Identification Tips

When observing the White-necked coucal, one should look for its characteristic features which include a contrasting coloration, with a notable white neck that stands out against its darker plumage.

Habitat

The natural habitat of this species is the subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, where it finds refuge and sustenance.

Distribution

As an endemic species, the White-necked coucal graces only the Bismarck Archipelago with its presence, making it a special sighting for birdwatchers visiting the region.

Conservation status

BirdLife International has assessed the White-necked coucal as being of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. This status indicates that, currently, the species does not face an immediate threat of extinction in the wild.

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