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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Coccyzus americanus

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
copyright Herbert Clarke
Length: 12 in. (30 cm)
A specialist eating hairy caterpillars that most other birds will not touch, this cuckoo is unique. Its haphazard nest is made of a few crossed twigs and dried leaves and placed in low shrub or small tree. It occurs in open woodlands and riparian forest in the west. During the winter it migrates to the Amazon of South America. The four-digit banding code is YBCU.
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Male
copyright Herbert Clarke

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Savanna
Savanna

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