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Dark-billed Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Jamfaraco
Lages-SC Brasil, December 2006
Coccyzus melacoryphus

Identification

26-30cm

  • Dull brown black upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Black eye mask
  • Red orbital eye ring
  • Long tail with white spotted edges
  • Dark iris
  • Black bill
  • Grey legs

Juvenile is duller overall but with more rufous wings.

Distribution

South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Forests, agricultural land and wetlands.

Behaviour

They are not brood parasites. The nest is built by both sexes and both parents incubate the eggs and brood the young.

Vocalisation

Song: ka, ka, ka, ka, ka, kow, kowp, kowp, kowp, kowp.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. AnimalCorner
  4. Wikipedia

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