Pheasant Cuckoo Dromococcyx phasianellus

  • Order: Cuculiformes
  • Family: Cuculidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Peter E. Lowther

The Pheasant Cuckoo is a medium-sized cuckoo found in forests throughout much of Central and South America. This species is known to be brood parasite, laying its eggs in the nests of other species; otherwise very little is known of it biology. The Pheasant Cuckoo first was suspected to be brood parasitic by von Ihering (1914a, 1914b), who reported on a strange egg in a nest of the Black-backed Water-Tyrant (Fluvicola albiventer) collected in November 1913 in Bahia, Brazil.  von Ihering’s conjecture was proved correct by a female cuckoo, collected the following year, that contained a fully shelled egg in the oviduct that matched von Ihering's description (Naumburg 1930; see also Friedmann 1964).


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

Recommended Citation

Lowther, P. E. (2010). Pheasant Cuckoo (Dromococcyx phasianellus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.