IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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Biology

Little is currently know about the biology of the short-toed coucal. It is believed to be solitary and to reside in the same location throughout the year. It forages on the ground, feeding upon insects as well as larger animals (3). In a display of opportunistic predation, this species was once observed preying on birds trapped in a mistnet, killing as many as it could reach by biting at their heads (4). The short-toed coucal builds an untidy nest consisting of leaves lined with palm-frond pith. Nestlings have been recorded in March and fledglings in May, and both parent birds are believed to attend to the chicks (3).

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