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Kai Coucal

Centropus spilopterus

The Kai coucal, known scientifically as Centropus spilopterus, is a captivating species of cuckoo belonging to the family Cuculidae. This bird is a true island dweller, endemic to the Kai Islands of Indonesia.

Identification Tips

While observing the Kai coucal, one should note its resemblance to the pheasant coucal, from which it was formerly considered a subspecies. Its plumage and distinctive features, however, set it apart as a unique species within the genus Centropus.


The Kai coucal thrives in the lush environment of the Kai Islands, where it has adapted to the local conditions and made the island its exclusive home.


This bird is a specialist of its environment, found nowhere else but on the Kai Islands, making it a prized sighting for birdwatchers visiting this remote Indonesian archipelago.

Conservation status

Bird enthusiasts can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the Kai coucal is currently classified as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. This status indicates that, for now, the species does not face immediate threats to its survival.

The Kai coucal's story is one of nature's splendid isolation, a bird shaped by the unique confines of its island realm. Observers are encouraged to cherish sightings of this species, a living testament to the rich tapestry of avian life on our planet.

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