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.”
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.