ⓘ Coua

                                     

ⓘ Coua

Couas are large, mostly terrestrial birds of the cuckoo family, endemic to the island of Madagascar.

Resembles African Tanzania when walking along tree branches, they are also brightly coloured bare skin around the eyes. Some resemble coucals in their habit of clambering through plant tangles while feeding, while the arboreal species move between tree canopies with gliding flight. The four types are red in tropical forests, and the remaining six are located in the dry forests of Western and southern Madagascar.

They have large feet, with a reversible third finger, like all cuckoos. Their long tibia imply connections with Carpococcyx the ground-cuckoos of Asia, a genus with similar nestlings. Therefore, they are sometimes combined in the subfamily Couinae. Couas build their own nests and lay white eggs. Couas calls short series of evenly spaced notes, which are sometimes answered by others.