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Bay-breasted Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

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

Identification

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

Distribution

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

Taxonomy

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

Habitat

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

Behaviour

Feeds on a variety of small animal matter.

References

  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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