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Great Lizard-Cuckoo Coccyzus merlini

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  • Great Lizard-Cuckoo (subspecies merlini)
  • © Peter Kennerley

Great Lizard-Cuckoo is a very large cuckoo of the Bahamas and Cuba and is found in various types of forest and scrub on those islands.  The species is olive-brown above with red facial skin around the eye, a long bill, white breast, rufous belly, and a boldly barred underside to the very long, sturdy tail.  Before the taxonomy of the cuckoos was revised, the species was placed in the genus Saurothera, which means "lizard hunter":  Great Lizard-Cuckoo has a rather catholic diet which includes lizards, frogs, snakes, young birds, and insects. 

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

Recommended Citation

Great Lizard-Cuckoo (Coccyzus merlini), 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/grelic1