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Gray-capped Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Dave B Smith
Milpe, Ecuador, April 2011
Coccyzus lansbergi

Identification

25–28 cm
Rufous colors (darker on upperside) and uniform grey cap that reaches below the eye.

Distribution

South America:
Breeds in Peru and Ecuador; migratory to Venezuela and Colombia
Vagrant to Panama and Bonaire (and possibly Aruba -- both in Netherlands Antilles)

Information in this section is uncertain, because the range is poorly known.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.

Habitat

Forest borders, other dense vegetation. Often found near streams or marshes

Behaviour

Usually not conspicuous, but often found low above ground.

Diet

Their main diet is insects, which includes caterpillars and wasps.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  3. Ridgely & Gwynne 1989. Birds of Panama. Princeton Paperbacks. ISBN 0691025126
  4. Neotropical birds online
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2014)

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