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Coccyzus melacoryphus

Dark-billed Cuckoo

  • Order: Cuculiformes
  • Family: Cuculidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Damon, Adam

Coccyzus melacoryphus

Tramandaí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; 17 January 2010 © Paulo Fenalti

A fairly common, albeit reclusive, resident of tropical deciduous forest and other open woodlands, Dark-billed Cuckoo has a large range and is well adapted to a variety of habitats. This species also inhabit a wide range of altitudes; it primarily occurs in the lowlands, but has been observed as high as 3600 m. Like other species of Coccyzus, Dark-billed Cuckoo is not a nest parasite and instead raises its own young, which can number as many as five per clutch. The diet of Dark-billed Cuckoo consists nearly entirely of terrestrial arthropods, with caterpillars, beetles, ants, and grasshoppers being its favorite prey.

Recommended Citation

Damon, Adam. 2012. Dark-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus melacoryphus), 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:Complex Migrant
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical deciduous forest
  • Foraging Strata:Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:---
  • Nest Form:Platform
  • Clutch: 2 - 5
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern