Dark-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus melacoryphus

  • Order: Cuculiformes
  • Family: Cuculidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Damon, Adam

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.


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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Damon, Adam. 2012. Dark-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus melacoryphus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.