blackbilled cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 11 inches
Slender, long-tailed bird
Red orbital ring
Cold brown head, nape, back, upperwings, and uppertail
White chin, foreneck, breast and belly
Tail is gray below with very narrow white tips to tail feathers
Yellow orbital ring
Brown head, nape, back, upperwings and uppertail, with pale tips to wing coverts
White chin, foreneck, breast and belly suffused with pale buff
Tail is gray below with very narrow buff tips to tail feathers
Adult yellow-billed cuckoo has yellow-based bill and cinnamon primaries
in all plumages, and larger white tail spots below. Juvenile yellow-billed
cuckoos can be black-billed and can have small tail spots and are best
identified by primary pattern. Mangrove cuckoo has yellow-based bill,
black mask, buff breast and larger white tail spots below.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 2-4
Length of Incubation: 10-13 days
Days to Fledge: 7-9
Number of Broods: ?
Diet: Exclusively insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August R
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley