Striped Cuckoo (Tapera naevia)

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cajamarca, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cajamarca, Peru

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

Identification & Behavior: ~29 cm (11.4 in). The Striped Cuckoo has the upperparts and the upper side of the tail brown with dusky stripes. It has a brownish throat and breast. The center of the belly is pale. It favors semi-open habitats and forest edges. It shows a broad pale eye-brow that extends towards the nape. The bill is brown. It is similar to both the Pavonine Cuckoo and the Pheasant Cuckoo, but the Striped Cuckoo is smaller, more slender, and never occurs in the understory of forests.

Status: The Striped Cuckoo is fairly common along forest edges and semi-open habitats in northwestern Peru, the Marañon drainage, and the Eastern Amazonian lowlands. It is known to range at elevations of up to 2450 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Cuclillo Listado.

Sub-species: Striped Cuckoo (Tapera naevia), Linnaeus, 1766.

Meaning of Name: Tapera: Tupi= Amerindian name in the Tupi language for birds in the family Cuculiforme. naevia: L. naevia: naevius= painted, stained, marked.

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Distribution Map
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    • 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.