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Cocos Cuckoo Coccyzus ferrugineus

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The Cocos Cuckoo is a rare species that is endemic to second growth scrub and tangles on the island of Cocos, 500 km off of Costa Rica in the Pacific Ocean.  It is rather bright overall for a cuckoo, peach-colored below and brown above, with a dark gray cap, black eye mask with yellow eye ring, rufous panel in the wings, a long, black tail with white feathers tips, and a black and yellow bill.  Though it numbers only around 1,000 individuals and is classified as vulnerable, the Cocos Cuckoo seems to be resistant to some habitat change and is not declining.

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Recommended Citation

Cocos Cuckoo (Coccyzus ferrugineus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/coccuc1