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Black-bellied Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Anselmo d Affonseca
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, May, 2014
Piaya melanogaster

Identification

38cm (15 in)

  • Black belly and crissum
  • Orange-buff throat and breast
  • Grey cap
  • Rufous-chestnut upperparts
  • Red bill
  • Yellow loral spots

Sexes similar.

Distribution

Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Uncommon and little known.

Taxonomy

This is most often considered a monotypic species[1], however, some authorities recognize melanogaster and ochracea.

Habitat

Forest and low scrubby woodland areas. Occurs from lowlands up to 800m.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds on insects, including caterpillars, beetles and ants. Feeds mainly in the canopy.

Breeding

One breeding record in July in French Guiana. The nest is undescribed.

Movements

This is a resident species.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. 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. Arthur Grosset

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