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Dark-billed Cuckoo - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Jamfaraco
Lages-SC Brasil, December 2006
Coccyzus melacoryphus



  • Dull brown black upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Black eye mask
  • Red orbital eye ring
  • Long tail with white spotted edges
  • Dark iris
  • Black bill
  • Grey legs

Juvenile is duller overall but with more rufous wings.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Forests, agricultural land and wetlands.


They are not brood parasites. The nest is built by both sexes and both parents incubate the eggs and brood the young.


Song: ka, ka, ka, ka, ka, kow, kowp, kowp, kowp, kowp.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. AnimalCorner
  4. Wikipedia

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