(Coua cristata)


The Crested Coua is often very vocal before sunset. It gives loud, descending “guay-guay-guay-guay-gwuck” and often several birds call together and respond to each other’s, creating a melodious twilight chorus.

Forages at higher levels of forest, mostly by walking along branches, gleaning food items as it goes; it often works its way up from base of one tree, and upon reaching the top, flies down to base of an adjacent tree and then repeats the process.



Endemic to Madagascar


Lower elevation primary and secondary forests, savanna, spiny brushland, palms, and mangroves. Sometimes favors recently burned areas of forest.


Large insects, snails, small lizards, and other birds' eggs; also some berries, seeds, and fruits.


Nest a bulky shallow bowl of twigs and rootlets built by both sexes usually 2–5 meters above ground in tree. Lays two eggs which are incubated for c. two weeks; chicks fledge quickly, at c. 10 days


Not Under Threat (Least Concern)

At the Aviary

See the Crested Coua in the Tropical Rainforest.