Alternative Name(s): Cuban Lizard Cuckoo
- Coccyzus merlini
- Olive-brown upperparts with rufous primaries
- Light grey breast
- Rufous belly
- Long grey tail with black subterminal band and broad white tips, all grey central rectrices
- Red bare skin around eye
- Grey to brown eye
- Long straight bill, blackish above and paler below
- bahamensis without rufous on primaries
- decolor with greyish brown upperparts
- santamariae with longer bill
Four subspecies are recognized:
- C. m. bahamansis on the Bahamas (Andros, New Providence and Eleuthera)
- C. m. merlini in Cuba
- C. m. santamariae on islands off north-central Cuba
- C. m. decolor on Isle of Pines
Some authorities place this species in genus Saurothera.
Wooded to bushy areas
A rather tame species.
Feeds on lizards and locusts.
May look for food both in trees and bushes and on the ground, where it will then walk or run with the tail held erect.
The nest is a shallow saucer made of twigs and placed in a tree. Lays 2 to 3 eggs.
This is a resident species.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Great Lizard Cuckoo. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 5 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Great_Lizard_Cuckoo