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Black-billed Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Kadawe
Newbury , Massachusetts, June, 2017
Coccyzus erythropthalmus


30 cm (11¾ in)

  • Brown head, upperparts, wings and long tail
  • Creamy white underparts
  • Red eye ring
  • Black bill

Juveniles are drabber with a greenish eye-ring


Breeds eastern North America (east of the Rocky Mountains; winters to Bolivia


This is a monotypic species[1].


Photo by loggah
Campton, New Hampshire, July, 2003

Edges of wooded areas, pastures and marshland.



The diet includes spiny caterpillars, insects, some snails, eggs of other birds and berries.


It is known occasionally to lay eggs in the nest of other bird species. The young leave the nest 17 days after eggs are laid. Only one brood is raised per year.


The call is a rapid repetitive Coocoocoo.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Wikipedia

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