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Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo Neomorphus geoffroyi

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Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo is a large terrestrial species found widely in the Neotropics, though it occurs at low density and is generally inconspicuous.  The species' distribution is disjunct, with three separate populations - one from Nicaragua south to Colombia, one in western Amazonia, and one in the Atlantic forest of Brazil.  Distribution is somewhat unclear due to identification issues.  The similar Scaled Ground-Cuckoo (Neomorphus squamiger) can usually separated from Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo by breast pattern, but the two taxa are occasionally considered to be conspecific.  The species has a thick, decurved, pale bill and a green-brown crest.  It is overall vinaceous to brown above and pale tan below, with a dark breast band.  Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo is quite large, with a long tail and thick, sturdy legs.

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Recommended Citation

Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo (Neomorphus geoffroyi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: