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Pearly-breasted Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

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

Identification

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.

Distribution

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.

Taxonomy

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

Habitat

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

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds on insects, mainly caterpillars.

Breeding

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

Movements

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

References

  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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