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Ash-colored Cuckoo

From Opus

Photo © by Michael Hooper Ceibas, Argentina, 20 January 2020
Photo © by Michael Hooper
Ceibas, Argentina, 20 January 2020
Coccycua cinerea

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[edit] Identification

25cm.

  • Brownish-grey upperparts
  • Brown, ungraduated tail, rectrices with narrow white tips
  • White underparts, buffy-grey throat and breast
  • Red eye-ring, red eye
  • Black bill

Sexes similar. Juveniles are washed rufous above with a brown tail with fine black bars near tip and no white tips. Their throat and breast are greyish white.

[edit] Distribution

South America: found from southern Brazil to northern Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and extreme south-eastern Peru.
Generally uncommon and little known.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
It has in the past been placed in genus Micrococcyx or in Coccyzus.

[edit] Habitat

Found in a variety of habitats including chaco scrub, tropical forest, gallery forest, scrubby lowland and riverine forest. Occurs from lowlands up to 900m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects and their larvae.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is a flat oval patform made of sticks and leaves. It's placed in a bush or a tree. Lays 2 to 4 eggs.

[edit] Movements

Movements unknown. Suspected to be a seasonal austral migrant. The records from eastern Peru and possibly also from Colombia indicate possible migratory movements (or vagrancy).

[edit] Gallery

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221
  3. SACC proposal to place this species in genus Coccycua

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