Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo (Neomorphus geoffroyi)

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

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown  \ Loc. Panama

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown  \ Loc. Panama

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown  \ Loc. Panama

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown  \ Loc. Panama


Identification & Behavior: ~48.5 cm (19 in). The Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo is purplish-brown above and light brown below. It has a long broad tail and a conspicuous rufous and black crest that the bird constantly erects and flattens. The throat and breast show brownish scaling. It has a broad black band across the breast. It forages on the ground. It is similar to the Red-billed Ground-Cuckoo but is distinguished by the greenish bill and orbital skin, and a bicolored crown. The ranges of these two ground-cuckoos come closer in central Peru, but appear not to overlap.

Status: The Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo is rare in the Amazonian lowlands where it occurs in two disjunct populations in extreme northeast Peru and central and southeast Peru. The population of southern Peru ranges to elevations of up to 1600 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Cuco-Terrestre de Vientre Rufo.

Sub-species: Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo (Neomorphus geoffroyi aequatorialis) Chapman, 1923. S Colombia (W Caquetá) S to E Ecuador and N Peru (NW Loreto).
(N. g. australis), Carriker, 1935. SE Peru and NW Bolivia (La Paz).

Meaning of Name: Neomorphus: L. neo = new, different; and morphus = shape, appearance. geoffroyi: in honor of French zoologist, Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772 to 1844).

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.