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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Coccyzus americanus 
Cuckoo family (Cuculidae)

Long slender body, long tail with white ovals on underside. Reddish brown back. Bill is curved, black above, yellow below.

Open woods, thickets, riparian forest.

Nest is a loose platform of dry twigs, placed in thick shrubs. Eggs are pale bluish green. Clutch size – 2 to 3 eggs.


Variable pitch and speed of notes, but notes are low-pitched, sound like “cu cu cu.”  

Name Origin:

The genus name Coccyzus is from the Greek for “cuckoo.”

In the Nature Park:
Neotropical migrant, arrives later than other migrants. Remains well hidden in dense vegetation. More easily heard than seen.