Mangrove Cuckoo

Coccyzus minor

Order

CUCULIFORMES

Family

Cuckoos, Roadrunners and Anis (Cuculidae)

Code 4

MACU

Code 6

COCMIR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Mangrove Cuckoo has a large range, estimated globally at 900,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and nearby island nations, this bird prefers forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 50,000 to 500,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Mangrove Cuckoo is Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Mangrove Cuckoo: Medium-sized cuckoo with gray-brown upperparts, black ear patch, yellow eye-ring, white throat, and buff-washed white underparts. Long, dark tail has six large white spots underneath, each with a dark spot. Decurved bill is dark above and yellow below with a dark tip.

 

Range and Habitat

Mangrove Cuckoo: Found in in mangrove forests in the United States, part of its range, as well as in some tropical hardwood species. In the tropical range, it is found in mangroves, but also in other types of woodlands. Not always found near water in the tropics, with some birds nesting far from water sources. Considered a permanent resident throughout its tropical range.

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Mangrove Cuckoo SONGS AND CALLS

Mangrove Cuckoo A1

Song is a throaty "gah-gah-gah" or "qua-qua-qua".

Mangrove Cuckoo A2

Abbreviated songs.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Gah-gah-gah", "qua-qua-qua"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Mangrove Cuckoo is found throughout the Caribbean and both coasts of Mexico and South America.
  • Completely silent except during breeding season, birds can be difficult to detect.
  • It is a non-migratory bird in most of its range, but many Florida birds fly south for the winter. Sightings of birds remaining in Florida for the winter have been increasing steadily.
  • 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

Samira Belous

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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.
Ear patchX
Consists of soft, loose-webbed feathers on the side of the bird's head below and behind the eyes.
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