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26â€“30 cm (10Â¼-11Â¾ in)
Central and South America
Two subspecies are recognized:
Two additional subspecies, chochi and major are generally considered invalid.
Dry and cloud forests and forest edges, scrubby areas and marshes.
It is a brood parasite mostly of spinetails and thornbirds. They lay 1 or 2 white or bluish eggs which hatch after 15 days, fledging 18 days later.
The diet includes large insects.
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