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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.

Habitat:
Open woods, thickets, riparian forest.

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

Voice:

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.

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