Little Cuckoo (Coccycua minuta)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia Brazil

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~26.6 cm (10.5 in). The Little Cuckoo is uniformly reddish-brown with gray lower belly. The bill is yellow. It shows a crest that can be erected or flattened. It has a long dark tail with white tips. The Little Cuckoo is almost always found in thick often viny vegetation that grows along water edges, cleared forest, and forest edges, within a few meters from the ground. It is a smaller and more reddish and uniformly colored than the Squirrel Cuckoo.

Status: The Little Cuckoo is uncommon to rare but widespread in Amazonia where it ranges up to 1050 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Cuco Menudo.

Sub-species: Little Cuckoo (Coccycua minuta minuta), Vieillot, 1817.

Meaning of Name: Coccycua: Gr referring to a small form of the genus Coccyzus. minuta: L. minuta, minutus= small.

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Distribution Map


    • 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. on 08/01/2015.