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Striped Cuckoo

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Photo by Stanley JonesWest of Río Marañón, Peru, January, 2017

Photo by Stanley Jones
West of Río Marañón, Peru, January, 2017
Tapera naevia


[edit] Identification

26–30 cm (10¼-11¾ in)

  • White supercilium
  • Dark malar stripe
  • Greyish-brown upperparts with black streaks
  • Dull white underparts
  • Black crest (raised in display)
  • Long, graduated tail

Sexes similar.

[edit] Distribution

JuvenilePhoto by DABSTrincity, Trinidad, September 2016
Photo by DABS
Trincity, Trinidad, September 2016

Central and South America
Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • T. n. excellens:
  • T. n. naevia:

Two additional subspecies, chochi and major are generally considered invalid[1].

[edit] Habitat

Dry and cloud forests and forest edges, scrubby areas and marshes.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It is a brood parasite mostly of spinetails and thornbirds. They lay 1 or 2 white or bluish eggs which hatch after 15 days, fledging 18 days later.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes large insects.

[edit] 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
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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