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Pheasant Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Dave 2x
Tikal, Guatemala, November 2011
Dromococcyx phasianellus

Identification

15-16 inches/38 cm
Dark brown above, buffy-white below with breast band cinnamon having dark brown spots, short rufous crest, long and wide, graduated tail is dark with white tips.

Similar Species

Pavonine Cuckoo is darker and has paler eyes.

Distribution

Central and northern half of South America: found in the lowlands of southern Mexico to Brazil, Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
Birds of Mexico and Central America are sometimes recognized as subspecies rufigularis.

Habitat

Tropical evergreen forest.

Behaviour

Secretive and solitary.

Diet

These birds feed on insects, lizards.

Breeding

Brood parasitic; hosts include flycatchers. Host offspring disappear after cuckoo hatches.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist

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