Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Coccyzus americanus
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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.

Male | Herbert Clarke

Riparian / River forest

Bird Sound Type: Rattling
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: September 23, 2022
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