Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus)

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

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

black-billed_cuckoo
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

black-billed_cuckoo
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

black-billed_cuckoo
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America


Identification & Behavior: ~39 cm (15.3 in). The Black-billed Cuckoo is brownish-gray above and whitish below. It has a washed buff throat. The bill is black with a bluish base of the mandible. The iris is dark. It shows bright red orbital skin. It has a very long gray tail tipped with white fringes. It is similar to the Dark-billed Cuckoo but is distinguished by having a gray tail without large white tips on the tail and red orbital skin. Also, see Ash-colored Cuckoo.

Status: The Black-billed Cuckoo is a rare Austral migrant to the foothills of the eastern Andes and the humid and semideciduous forest of northwest Peru. It is known to range to elevations of up to 2000 m along the foothills of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Cuclillo de Pico Negro.

Sub-species: Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus), A. Wilson, 1811.

Meaning of Name: Coccyzus: Gr. kokkuzö, kokku= crying, crying cuckoo. erythropthalmus: Gr. eruthros= red and ophthalmos= eye.

See more of the Family Cuculidae   peru aves

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.