Black-Hooded Coucal

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The black-hooded coucal (Centropus steerii) is a species of cuckoo in the family Cuculidae. It is endemic to Mindoro in the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest. It is threatened by habitat loss, something that has resulted in a small, fragmented, population, declining fast. As a consequence of this, it is now classified as critically endangered by the IUCN. Continued pressure from mining, agriculture, and logging is expected to result in complete destruction of all forests on Mindoro between 2020 and 2030. In order to combat extinction, local education programs have been initiated, surveys have been executed, and ecotourism has been promoted in order to encourage locals to take to more sustainable occupations.[1] The Zoological Society of London has described the bird as an EDGE species, listed as the top 21 distinct-endangered bird species in the world.[2]

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