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Giant Coua - face, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar The Giant coua (Coua gigas) is a ground dwelling species that is common in Madagascar. It behaves chicken-like, strolling on the forest floor, picking insects and small vertebrates. <br />
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It looks highly similar to Coquerel&#039;s coua (Coua coquereli), yet is considerably larger, about twice the size. As size can be hard to estimate from a photo, a more useful difference is found in the bill. The Giant Coua has a thick and stout bill, much more robust compared to the Coquerel&#039;s coua.<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83280/giant_coua_-_closeup_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html" title="Giant Coua - closeup, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/83280_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1571270410&Signature=hP0YjCNudfDufJef5AvAaO6iESI%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Giant Coua - closeup, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar The Giant coua (Coua gigas) is a ground dwelling species that is common in Madagascar. It behaves chicken-like, strolling on the forest floor, picking insects and small vertebrates. <br />
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It looks highly similar to Coquerel&#039;s coua (Coua coquereli), yet is considerably larger, about twice the size. As size can be hard to estimate from a photo, a more useful difference is found in the bill. The Giant Coua has a thick and stout bill, much more robust compared to the Coquerel&#039;s coua.<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83281/giant_coua_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html" title="Giant Coua, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/83281_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1571270410&Signature=2w6a4WvVkd9oBY5gn2o3dh39%2FHQ%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Giant Coua, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar The Giant coua (Coua gigas) is a ground dwelling species that is common in Madagascar. It behaves chicken-like, strolling on the forest floor, picking insects and small vertebrates. <br />
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It looks highly similar to Coquerel&#039;s coua (Coua coquereli), yet is considerably larger, about twice the size. As size can be hard to estimate from a photo, a more useful difference is found in the bill. The Giant Coua has a thick and stout bill, much more robust compared to the Coquerel&#039;s coua.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83280/giant_coua_-_closeup_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83282/giant_coua_-_pose_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html" title="Giant Coua - pose, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/83282_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1571270410&Signature=h3qkROg6pZ39eJ70DhJr%2F2UnZWA%3D" width="200" height="200" alt="Giant Coua - pose, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar The Giant coua (Coua gigas) is a ground dwelling species that is common in Madagascar. It behaves chicken-like, strolling on the forest floor, picking insects and small vertebrates. <br />
<br />
It looks highly similar to Coquerel&#039;s coua (Coua coquereli), yet is considerably larger, about twice the size. As size can be hard to estimate from a photo, a more useful difference is found in the bill. The Giant Coua has a thick and stout bill, much more robust compared to the Coquerel&#039;s coua.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83280/giant_coua_-_closeup_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83284/giant_coua_-_frontal_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html" title="Giant Coua - frontal, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/83284_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1571270410&Signature=6kzWu2dZVT6JTOG0XIyHqKDk3%2BI%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Giant Coua - frontal, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar The Giant coua (Coua gigas) is a ground dwelling species that is common in Madagascar. It behaves chicken-like, strolling on the forest floor, picking insects and small vertebrates. <br />
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It looks highly similar to Coquerel&#039;s coua (Coua coquereli), yet is considerably larger, about twice the size. As size can be hard to estimate from a photo, a more useful difference is found in the bill. The Giant Coua has a thick and stout bill, much more robust compared to the Coquerel&#039;s coua.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83280/giant_coua_-_closeup_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83285/giant_coua_-_full_bird_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html" title="Giant Coua - full bird, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/83285_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1571270410&Signature=fjgXaSvJkkOa4lm60JXvDq1j5pA%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Giant Coua - full bird, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar The Giant coua (Coua gigas) is a ground dwelling species that is common in Madagascar. It behaves chicken-like, strolling on the forest floor, picking insects and small vertebrates. <br />
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It looks highly similar to Coquerel&#039;s coua (Coua coquereli), yet is considerably larger, about twice the size. As size can be hard to estimate from a photo, a more useful difference is found in the bill. The Giant Coua has a thick and stout bill, much more robust compared to the Coquerel&#039;s coua.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83280/giant_coua_-_closeup_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
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Giant Coua - face, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar

The Giant coua (Coua gigas) is a ground dwelling species that is common in Madagascar. It behaves chicken-like, strolling on the forest floor, picking insects and small vertebrates.

It looks highly similar to Coquerel's coua (Coua coquereli), yet is considerably larger, about twice the size. As size can be hard to estimate from a photo, a more useful difference is found in the bill. The Giant Coua has a thick and stout bill, much more robust compared to the Coquerel's coua.

Giant Coua - closeup, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar The Giant coua (Coua gigas) is a ground dwelling species that is common in Madagascar. It behaves chicken-like, strolling on the forest floor, picking insects and small vertebrates. <br />
<br />
It looks highly similar to Coquerel's coua (Coua coquereli), yet is considerably larger, about twice the size. As size can be hard to estimate from a photo, a more useful difference is found in the bill. The Giant Coua has a thick and stout bill, much more robust compared to the Coquerel's coua.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83281/giant_coua_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
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Giant Coua, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar The Giant coua (Coua gigas) is a ground dwelling species that is common in Madagascar. It behaves chicken-like, strolling on the forest floor, picking insects and small vertebrates. <br />
<br />
It looks highly similar to Coquerel's coua (Coua coquereli), yet is considerably larger, about twice the size. As size can be hard to estimate from a photo, a more useful difference is found in the bill. The Giant Coua has a thick and stout bill, much more robust compared to the Coquerel's coua.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83280/giant_coua_-_closeup_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83282/giant_coua_-_pose_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
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Giant Coua - pose, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar The Giant coua (Coua gigas) is a ground dwelling species that is common in Madagascar. It behaves chicken-like, strolling on the forest floor, picking insects and small vertebrates. <br />
<br />
It looks highly similar to Coquerel's coua (Coua coquereli), yet is considerably larger, about twice the size. As size can be hard to estimate from a photo, a more useful difference is found in the bill. The Giant Coua has a thick and stout bill, much more robust compared to the Coquerel's coua.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83280/giant_coua_-_closeup_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83281/giant_coua_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
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Giant Coua - frontal, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar The Giant coua (Coua gigas) is a ground dwelling species that is common in Madagascar. It behaves chicken-like, strolling on the forest floor, picking insects and small vertebrates. <br />
<br />
It looks highly similar to Coquerel's coua (Coua coquereli), yet is considerably larger, about twice the size. As size can be hard to estimate from a photo, a more useful difference is found in the bill. The Giant Coua has a thick and stout bill, much more robust compared to the Coquerel's coua.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83280/giant_coua_-_closeup_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83281/giant_coua_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3e1-B91YlU Africa,Coua gigas,Geotagged,Giant Coua,Kirindy Reserve,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Winter,World

Giant Coua - full bird, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar The Giant coua (Coua gigas) is a ground dwelling species that is common in Madagascar. It behaves chicken-like, strolling on the forest floor, picking insects and small vertebrates. <br />
<br />
It looks highly similar to Coquerel's coua (Coua coquereli), yet is considerably larger, about twice the size. As size can be hard to estimate from a photo, a more useful difference is found in the bill. The Giant Coua has a thick and stout bill, much more robust compared to the Coquerel's coua.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83280/giant_coua_-_closeup_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83281/giant_coua_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
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    comments (3)

  1. Beautiful bird! I bet you were thrilled to see such a vibrant and interesting creature! Posted one month ago
    1. Yes I was, although this one is relatively easy to see :) Posted one month ago
  2. Really cool eyelashes and feather details Posted one month ago

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The Giant Coua is a bird species from the Cuckoo family that is endemic to the dry forests of western and southern Madagascar. It is suggested that Couas probably originated from a particular Asian ground-cuckoo . Genus Coua contains 10 species, more than any other genus in Madagascar . Although the bird is listed under Least Concern in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, it only persist in the biological hot spot of Madagascar, warranting its recognition as a species of conservation concern.. more

Similar species: Turacos, Cuckoos
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Uploaded Aug 17, 2019. Captured Jul 9, 2019 12:18 in Morondava, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/500s
  • ISO800
  • 400mm