Dark-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus melacoryphus

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Dark-billed Cuckoo has been described as "six to eight resonant, buzzy kazoo-like notes" (Payne 1997, 2005) or as "a ventriloquial ga-ga-ga-go-go" (Sick 1993).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Also gives another song (?) that is a descending series of guttural notes.

A call of Dark-billed Cuckoo is a dry-sounding buzz that has been described as "dddddrr" (Payne 2005).

In Brazil, Dark-billed Cuckoo vocalizes at night (Sick 1983).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Dark-billed Cuckoo can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

No nonvocal sounds have been described.

Recommended Citation

Damon, A. (2012). Dark-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus melacoryphus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.dabcuc1.01