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Little Cuckoo

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Subspecies minutaPhoto © by Francisco PaludoAlta Floresta, MT, Brazil, 1 April 2018
Subspecies minuta
Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Alta Floresta, MT, Brazil, 1 April 2018

Alternative name: Lesser Chestnut Cuckoo

Coccycua minuta

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[edit] Identification

Photo © by Robert Scanlon Rio Amazona, Peru, January 2005
Photo © by Robert Scanlon
Rio Amazona, 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. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Payne, R. (2019). Little Cuckoo (Coccycua minuta). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54905 on 31 July 2019).
  3. Banks, R.C. et al. (2006) 47th Supplement to the AOU Checklist of North American Birds. The Auk 123(3):926–936, 2006 [
  4. SACC proposal
  5. Little Cuckoo (Coccycua minuta), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/litcuc2
  6. Payne, R.B. (2005) The Cuckoos. Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York.
  7. Schulenberg, T. S. & Stotz, D. F. & Lane, D. F. & O'Neill, J. P. & Parker III, T. A. & Egg, A. B. (2010). Birds of Peru: Revised and Updated Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691130231

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