Coua verreauxi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Coua verreauxi
Species Authority: Grandidier, 1867
Common Name(s):
English Verreaux's Coua
French Coua de Verreaux

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2014-07-24
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S.
Contributor(s): Gardner, J
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Evans, M., O'Brien, A., Robertson, P., Starkey, M., Symes, A. & Taylor, J.
This species is listed as Near Threatened because it is estimated to have a moderately small range, in which habitat degradation is occurring, which along with hunting pressure is inferred to be driving an unquantified decline in the species's population.

2012 Near Threatened

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Coua verreauxi has a relatively restricted range in southern and south-western Madagascar, within the southern part of the spiny forest zone. It occurs between the Fiherenana River and the Mandrare River Basin, although it is unclear whether it is continuously distributed within this range (Goodman 2013). Its known range was recently extended north to Salary-Bekodoy Forest (Raselimanana et al. 2012). Few records exceed 40 km inland (Goodman 2013). Within suitable habitat the species can be fairly abundant.

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Population [top]

Population: The population size of this species has apparently not been quantified.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a bird of semi-arid thorn scrub where it forages for invertebrates among trees and bushes, also feeding on the ground (Morris and Hawkins 1998). It also feeds on Cassia fruit (del Hoyo et al. 1997) and lizards (Goodman 2013). The species appears to favour thick coastal scrub on coral rag but also occurs outside this habitat, including within degraded areas (ZICOMA 1999). It occurs from sea-level to 100 m (del Hoyo et al. 1997). Males have been observed singing from tree tops in November (del Hoyo et al. 1997), and nests and females in breeding condition have been found from October to April (Goodman 2013).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species's habitat is threatened by wood-cutting for charcoal production, which is widespread, particularly along roads and near to major towns (Langrand 1990). Hunting is also thought to be having a negative impact on the species (Goodman 2013).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
Some suitable habitat is protected within reserves (Langrand 1990, Goodman 2013).

Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct surveys to obtain a total population estimate. Carry out regular surveys to monitor population trends. Monitor rates of habitat clearance and degradation. Increase the area of habitat that is protected in reserves.

Citation: BirdLife International 2014. Coua verreauxi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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