Black-bellied Cuckoo (Piaya melanogaster)

Order: Cuculiformes Family: Cuculidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian, Brazil

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian, Brazil

black-bellied_cuckoo
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian, Brazil

black-bellied_cuckoo
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian, Brazil


Identification & Behavior: ~39 cm (15.3 in). The Black-bellied Cuckoo is mostly reddish with a dusky lower belly. The cap is distinctively gray. The bill is bright red. The iris is reddish. It shows a spot of bare yellow skin in front of the eye. It has a very long dark-chestnut tail with broad white tips. It is similar to the Squirrel Cuckoo but is distinguished by having a bright red bill, distinctive gray cap, and the spot of bare yellow skin in front of the eye.

Status: The Black-bellied Cuckoo is uncommon to rare in the canopy or Terra Firme forest in Amazonia. It is known to range to elevations of up to 900 m along the foothills of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Cuco de Vientre Negro.

Sub-species: Black-bellied Cuckoo (Piaya melanogaster), Vieillot, 1817.

Meaning of Name: Piaya: Creole, Piaye= a native name for birds of the family Cuculidae. melanogaster:  Gr. melas= black and gaster= stomach.

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Distribution Map
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References:

    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.