Centropus colossus Baird, 1985

Colossal cuckoo



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



South Australia (south-eastern), Australia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: left humerus






Original scientific description:

Baird, Robert F. (1985a). Avian fossils from Quaternary deposits in 'Green Waterhole Cave', south-eastern South Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 37(6): 353-370.


Other references:

Baird, Robert F. (1985b). Centropus Illiger, 1811: The Giant Coucal, pp. 205-208. In: Vickers-Rich, Patricia and van Tets, Gerard Frederick. (eds.). Kadimakara: Extinct Vertebrates of Australia. Lilydale, Victoria: Pioneer Design Studio. 284 pp.

Reed, Elizabeth H. and Bourne, Steven J. (2000). Pleistocene fossil vertebrate sites of the south east region of South Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 124(2): 61-90.

Shute, Elen, Prideaux, Gavin J. and Worthy, Trevor H. (2016). Three terrestrial Pleistocene coucals (Centropus: Cuculidae) from southern Australia: biogeographical andecological significance. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 177: 964-1002.

Worthy, Trevor H. and Nguyen, Jacqueline M. T. (2020). An annotated checklist of the fossil birds of Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 144(1): 66-108.


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