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


Other references:

Rich PV, van Tets GF, Knight F. 1985. Kadimakara:extinct vertebrates of Australia. Lilydale, Victoria: Pioneer Design Studio.

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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