- Order: Cuculiformes
- Family: Cuculidae
Vinery, Portland, Jamaica; 11 March 2016 © Eric Hynes
The Lizard-Cuckoos of the Caribbean Basin are truly a unique sight, with reptilian features, well suited to their former genus name Saurothera. The bill is especially disctinctive for cuckoos, as it is long and rectangular, with straight sides. Most forest-dwelling cuckoos, despite their size and often beaustiful plumage, can be quite difficult to get a look at, because they can be secretive and will often sit in the same position for extended periods of time; and the Jamaican Lizard-cuckoo is no exception. Though it is widely distributed throughout Jamaica, it is the less-vocal of the two endemic cuckoos to Jamaica (the other is the Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo Coccyzus pluvialis). Consequently, this species can be unexpectedly difficult to find, making a good look at one of these birds all the more rewarding. Jamaican Lizard-cuckoos run through the canopy of forest edge and secondary forest, often making short, gliding flights from tree to tree in search of small animals (especially lizards). While the bill shape alone makes the Jamaican Lizard-cuckoo distinctive within Jamaica, the plumage is striking. The throat is whitish-gray, the cap is slate, and the underparts are a rich peach. The long, graduated tail is black below with large, white apical spots to the rectrices, and the back is grayish-olive.
. 2010. Jamaican Lizard-Cuckoo (Coccyzus vetula), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=203416
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.
- Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
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- IUCN Status:Least Concern