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Ash-colored Cuckoo Coccycua cinerea

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The Ash-colored Cuckoo is a poorly known bird that is easily mistaken for a thrush, on account of its generally drab plumage, ungraduated tail, short dark bill, and red irides. It is principally brown above and pale below, although the throat and breast are buffy grey, and slightly darker than the rest of the underparts. The species ranges from northern Argentina to northern Bolivia, but records from over much of Brazil, including Amazonia, appear to represent migrants, although theory that this species is an austral migrant has been difficult to prove. Even on its breeding grounds, the Ash-colored Cuckoo is an elusive and very infrequently seen bird; it inhabits a variety of wooded habitats in the lowlands.

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

Recommended Citation

Ash-colored Cuckoo (Coccycua cinerea), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: