Selection of Philippine avian wildlife all captured in habitat, plus nature and miscellaneous images.

Philippine Coucal

I chanced upon this endemic Philippine Coucal spreading and drying its wings in the open, along a trail at Subic rainforest in 2006. This bird has an average length of 17 inches and it ranges in all major Philippine islands except the Palawan group.

Like other coucals, this one is normally shy. It skulks in dense vegetation, where a clean shot is nearly impossible. This is compounded further by the difficulty of exposing a dark bird in dim light.

I used my vehicle as a blind to get close to this individual.

Shooting Info – Subic rainforest, Bataan, Philippines, July 28, 2006, Canon 20D + EF 500 f4 IS + Canon 1.4x TC II, 700 mm, f/7.1, ISO 400, 1/320 sec, manual exposure in available light, hand held.

Philippine Coucal (Centropus viridis,a Philippine endemic )

Scientific name – Habitat – Common from grasslands to forest up to 2000 m.


3 responses

  1. Marvin Ani

    I have seen it in 3 locations, the white morph philippine coucal. One in Ibaan, Batangas, one in Patutong Malaki, Tagaytay City, and one in Balaytigue, Nadugbu, Batangas.

    December 27, 2015 at 3:45 pm

  2. Marvin Ani

    If you want to take a picture of a white morp philippine coucal, come and visit at Lolo Doc Farm, Balaytigue, Nasugbu, Batangas. “Sabukot na puti”. It roams around the farm and have a nest in 1 of our buddha bamboos in the farm landscape.

    December 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

  3. Lovie Cruz

    Coucal pala ang tawag sa ibon na to! maniniwala po ba kyo skin kung sabihin ko na nakakita ako ng albino(coucal) dko lng napicturan ksi masyadong mailap ang coucal.sir pinapanood ko dinung mga video nyo sa youtube,sir gusto ko snang i-upload ung mga lokal birds ntin sa Pinterest sna payagan nyo ko!?

    January 21, 2015 at 7:05 am

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