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Bay-breasted Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Coccyzus rufigularis
Photo by caribemotion
Sierra de Bahoruco, Dominican Republic, 2009


45–50 cm

  • Grey above with reddish-brown primary patch
  • Reddish-brown throat and breast
  • Ochraceous belly and undertail
  • Glossy black tail with broad white tips to rectrices
  • Heavy, curved bill

Similar species

Hispaniolan Lizard-Cuckoo is equally large but has a pale breast


Hispaniola and Gonave Island -- endangered due to both hunting and to habitat loss.


This is a monotypic species1.
Was formerly placed in genus Hyetornis.


Seems to prefer dry forest but can be found in other habitats from lowland to mountains and also in rainforest.


Feeds on a variety of small animal matter.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BirdLife International

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