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Pearly-breasted Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Francisco Paludo
Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, SC, Brazil, November 2016
Coccyzus euleri


28cm (11 in).

  • Uniform earth-brown upperparts
  • Light pearly-grey below, whitish centre of belly
  • Long, blackish tail with white tips
  • Grey to black eyering
  • Brown to black eye
  • Bill black above, mostly orange or yellow below

Sexes similar, juveniles have rufous wings.

Similar species

Yellow-billed Cuckoo has inner webs of primaries brown (not white like Pearly-breasted Cuckoo) and shows some rufous on wings.


Found from northeast Colombia and the Guianas through Amazonia and eastern Brazil south to northern Argentina. Probably only a winter visitor to Colombia and the Guianas.
Rare to uncommon in its range.


This is a monotypic species.
Forms a superspecies with Yellow-billed Cuckoo.


Tropical evergreen forest, gallery forest and secondary forest. Also in scrub and sandy woodland. Occurs from sea-level up to 900m.



Feeds on insects, mainly caterpillars.


Little known. Breeding recorded in October. No nest described.


An austral migrant. Limits of breeding and non-breeding grounds not well known.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221

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