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Dromococcyx pavoninus

Pavonine Cuckoo

  • Order: Cuculiformes
  • Family: Cuculidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Lowther, Peter E

Dromococcyx pavoninus

Vale da Benção - Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso, Brazil; 1 September 2008 © Bradley Davis

The Pavonine Cuckoo is a medium-sized, long-tailed cuckoo found in the understory of forests of South America.  The Pavonine Cuckoo is known to be a brood parasite, laying its eggs in the nests of other species. But otherwise very little is known of the behavior of this widespread but reclusive species, which is heard far more often than it is seen.

Recommended Citation

Lowther, Peter E. 2009. Pavonine Cuckoo (Dromococcyx pavoninus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Nest Parasite
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern