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Little Cuckoo

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Subspecies minutaPhoto by Francisco PaludoAlta Floresta, MT, Brazil, April 2018
Subspecies minuta
Photo by Francisco Paludo
Alta Floresta, MT, Brazil, April 2018

Alternative name: Lesser Chestnut Cuckoo

Coccycua minuta


[edit] Identification

Photo by Robert Scanlon Peru, January 2005
Photo by Robert Scanlon
Peru, January 2005

25 cm (9Âľ in)

  • Chestnut upperparts
  • Rufous-chestnut throat and breast
  • Dark grey lower belly
  • Brown tail with white terminal spots
  • Red iris and eyering
  • Greyish-yellow bill

Immature birds are dark brown with a black bill and lack the white tail tips.

[edit] Distribution

Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, the Guianas, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.

[edit] Taxonomy

This species has alternatively been placed in genus Piaya or genus Coccycua.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • C. m. panamensis:
  • Lowlands of eastern Panama and northern Colombia (west of Gulf of Urabá)
  • C. m. barinensis:
  • Extreme eastern Colombia and adjacent western Venezuela
  • C. m. gracilis:
  • Colombia west of the Andes and western Ecuador
  • C. m. minuta:
  • C. m. chaparensis:
  • North Bolivia (RĂ­o ChaparĂ© region)

[edit] Habitat

Tropical lowland forest edges, secondary forests and clearings. Mature mangrove swamps, and scrubby woodland near water.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They construct an open, deep twig cup nest, which is placed in thick shrubs. Their clutch contains 2 white eggs.

[edit] Diet

Diet consists mostly of insects, including caterpillars, wasps, beetles, bugs, flies, as well as spiders.

[edit] Reference

  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
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2018)
  3. AOU checklist
  4. SACC proposal
  5. Wikipedia

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