The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database


Centropus colossus


Species Authority
Baird, 1985
Common Name
Colossal cuckoo
South Australia (south-eastern), Australia
Last Record
Late Pleistocene
IUCN status
Not evaluated
TSE forum thread
Taxonomic Notes
[b]Holotype:[/b] left humerus
[b]Original Scientific Description:[/b]
Baird, Robert F. (1985). [url=]Avian fossils from Quaternary deposits in 'Green Waterhole Cave', south-eastern South Australia[/url]. Records of the Australian Museum 37(6): 353-370.
[b]Species Bibliography[/b]
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). [url=]Three terrestrial Pleistocene coucals ([i]Centropus[/i]: Cuculidae) from southern Australia: biogeographical andecological signi´Čücance[/url]. 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.