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Coccycua pumila

Dwarf Cuckoo

  • Order: Cuculiformes
  • Family: Cuculidae


Coccycua pumila

La Virginia, Risaralda, Colombia; 10 July 2016 © Apiatierradeaves (Julian Zuleta)

The Dwarf Cuckoo is a distinctive small cuckoo of Colombia and Venezuela. It has a gray cap, brown back, rufous throat and breast, and creamy belly. It feeds primarily on caterpillars, and apparently sheds its stomach lining periodically; these are traits of Coccyzus cuckoos, and for many years the Dwarf Cuckoo was included in that genus. Also like Coccyzus, this species is not a brood parasite, but builds a flimsy stick platform in a small tree. Recent genetic data indicate, however, that despite these similarities the Dwarf Cuckoo is not a member of the genus Coccyzus, but belongs to the genus Coccycua. Both monogamy and simultaneous polyandry have been recorded. An inhabitant of open woodland, gallery forest, and scrub, this species appears to move seasonally, but these movements are poorly understood.


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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Dwarf Cuckoo (Coccycua pumila), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical deciduous forest
  • Foraging Strata:Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:Undescribed
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Polyandry
  • Nest Form:Platform
  • Clutch: 2 - 3
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern