Bird Families

Haitian American Cuckoo / Coccyzus longirostris


Varieties in taxonomic order:

  • Black-billed cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
  • A cuckoo with a yellow beak Coccyzus americanus
  • Pearl-breasted cuckoo Coccyzus euleri
  • Mangrove cuckooCoccyzus minor
  • Cocos cuckoo, Coccyzus ferrugineus
  • Cuckoo with a dark beak Coccyzus melacoryphus
  • Gray surprised cuckoo Coccyzus lansbergi
  • Cuckoo with a chestnut belly Coccyzus pluvialis
  • A cuckoo with a bay breast, Coccyzus rufigularis
  • Big cuckoo lizard, Coccyzus merlini
  • Puerto Rican cuckoo lizard, Coccyzus vieilloti
  • Jamaican cuckoo lizard, Coccyzus vetula
  • Hispaniolan lizard cuckoo, Coccyzus longirostris

Rhoda Saurothera (lizard cuckoos) and Hyetornis (cuckoos with bay breasts and chestnut belly) were mixed with Coccyzus By the American Ornithologists' Union in 2006.

On the other hand, the ash-colored cuckoo and the pygmy cuckoo - once separated in Micrococcygeal - were found to be the closest relatives of the little cuckoo, earlier in Piaya... These three are now again placed in the restored genus of the latter, Coccycua.

Description and ecology

These birds are variable in size with slender bodies, long tails, and strong legs. Many have black and white undertail patterns. They occur in a variety of forests, woodlands, or mangroves.

Coccyzus cuckoos, unlike many Old World species, build their own nests in trees and lay two or more eggs. The black-billed and yellow-billed cuckoos sometimes lay eggs in the nests of other birds, but not oblige parasites to brood like the common Eurasian cuckoo.

Northern species such as the black-billed and yellow-billed cuckoos are strong migrants wintering in Central America or South America, and occasionally wander into Western Europe as rare but tropical vagrants. Coccyzus cuckoos mostly sedentary.

These are vocal varieties, breeding with constant and loud demands. They feed on large insects such as cicadas, wasps, and caterpillars (including those with stinging hair or spines that are unpleasant to many birds). Lizard cuckoos are large and strong species, and mainly take on vertebrate prey, especially, as the name implies, lizards.

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