[order] CUCULIFORMES | [family] Cuculidae | [latin] Coccyzus melacoryphus | [UK] Dark-billed Cuckoo | [FR] Coulicou de Vieillot | [DE] Kleiner Mangrovekuckuck | [ES] Cuclillo canela | [NL] Kleine Mangrove-koekoek
Top of head grey with black ear-coverts and greyish brown upperparts. Sides of of breeadt and neck light grey, central tail feathers like back, other feathers black with white tip. Lower underparts buff, bill and feet black. Sexes are alike,
Listen to the sound of Dark-billed Cuckoo
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South America : widespread
Forest edge, mangroves, open brush, second growth, arid scrub. Lowlands to 2400 meter.
The nest, usually located in a thicket or tree, is a thin, flat structure composed of twigs. A clutch consists of 2 to 4 eggs. The length of incubation and the age of the young at fledging are not known. Nesting occurs october in Colombia, october-december in Argentina.
Diet consists of insects including caterpillars, beetles, grasshoppers and crickets.
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Partly migratory. Present throughout year West of Andes in Colombia. Seasonal in non-breeding period (May-September) in the Ilanos of Venezuela, in Surinam and in Guianas, and in the breeding season (October-December) in South Brazil and Argentina.