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Scaled Ground Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Neomorphus squamiger


50cm. A large Ground Cuckoo.

  • Glossed green wings
  • Black crest
  • Buff to cinnamon-brown forehead
  • Breast with dusky semcircular bands
  • Indistinct narrow black band on chest
  • Buff rest of underparts, rufous vent
  • Blue bare facial skin, eye brown
  • Large yellow-green bill

Sexes similar. Juveniles are duller and darker.


Brazil south of Amazon river (lower Rio Tapajós region).
A rare restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.
It's sometimes included in Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo.


Moist lowland forests.


A poorly known species. Diet probably very similar to Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo. Probably also follows ants, peccaries and primates.
No information about breeding.
A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. 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
  3. Birdlife International

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