Madagascar Coucal Centropus toulou


Justification of Red List Category
This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the threshold for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years of three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be widespread and fairly common (del Hoyo et al. 1997).

Trend justification

The species is tentatively assessed as being in decline due to habitat loss per Tracewski et al. (2016).

Distribution and population

Centropus toulou occurs on Madagascar and Aldabra, Seychelles (del Hoyo et al. 1997). The subspecies assumptionis of Seychelles' Assumption Island is extinct, having not been recorded since 1906 (Nicoll 1906).


Text account compilers
Khwaja, N., Ekstrom, J., Hermes, C., Butchart, S., Palmer-Newton, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Centropus toulou. Downloaded from on 19/07/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 19/07/2019.