Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Coccyzus americanus

Order

CUCULIFORMES

Family

Cuckoos, Roadrunners and Anis (Cuculidae)

Code 4

YBCU

Code 6

COCAME

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Yellow-billed Cuckoo has a tremendous range reaching up to roughly 5.3 million square kilometers. This bird can be found in many Carribean and Central American locations as well as throughout all of North America. The species also has vagrant populations in parts of Europe, Northern Africa and the UK as well. This bird appers most often in forests, savanna, shrublands and even in deforested locations. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 9.2 million individual birds. Currently, it is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Yellow-billed Cuckoo have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Yellow-billed Cuckoo: Medium cuckoo, gray-brown upperparts and white underparts. Bill is mostly yellow. Wings are gray-brown with rufous primaries. Tail is long and has white-spotted black edges. Gray legs, feet. Feeds primarily on hairy caterpillars, also insects, larvae, small fruits, and berries.

 

Range and Habitat

Yellow-billed Cuckoo: Breeds from extreme southeastern Canada, throughout the eastern, southern, Midwestern states, and into northern Mexico. Found locally in the west and southwest from Montana to California. Spends winters in South America. Preferred habitats include moist thickets, willows, overgrown pastures, and orchards.

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Yellow-billed Cuckoo SONGS AND CALLS

Yellow-billed Cuckoo H1

Song is a harsh, rattling "ka-ka-ka-ka-kow-kowp".

Yellow-billed Cuckoo H2

"Coo" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"ka-ka-ka-ka-kow-kow-kow-kow" , "kowp-kowp-kowp"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Although the Yellow-billed Cuckoo usually raises its own young, occasionally it will lay its egg in the nest of another cuckoo, or even that of a different species.
  • On day six or seven after hatching, the feathers of the young emerge from their sheaths, allowing the nestling to become fully feathered in two hours.
  • A group of cuckoos are collectively known as a "cooch" and an "asylum" of cuckoos.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X