Giant coua (Coua gigas) Berenty Reserve. Southern MADAGASCAR
A large terrestial bird - length 62cm with both sexes similar. They are either solitary or found in family groups. They are fairly secretive and feed on the forest floor on insects and occasionally seeds. It nests about 3-10m off the ground in a bowl-shaped nest made of twigs and branches.
HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION: Deciduous forest, subarid thorn scrub, gallery forest - prefering forest with large trees, because they furnish clear floor without too much vegetation and bushes. They are rare in the south but more abundant in the west.
ENDEMIC TO MADAGASCAR.
THREATS: They fall victim to trapping and hunting because of their size.
STATUS: Threatened due to habitat distruction but still common throughout its range.