yellowbilled cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 11 inches
Slender, long-tailed bird
Yellow orbital ring
Cinnamon inner webs to primaries, often visible at rest
Brown head, nape, back, and upperwings
White chin, breast, and belly
Brown uppertail has black outer tail feathers with white tips
Black bill with yellow basal half of lower mandible
Tail feathers with extensive pale tips below
Tail feathers have significantly smaller pale tips below
Occasionally with entirely black bill
Adult black-billed cuckoo has red orbital ring, black bill, smaller tail
spots, and lacks cinnamon primaries. Juvenile black-billed cuckoo can
be similar to juvenile Yellow-billed cuckoo but never shares the cinna-
mon primaries of the yellow-billed. Mangrove cuckoo has black mask,
buff breast, larger white tail spots below and lacks cinnamon primaries.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-4
Length of Incubation: 9-11 days
Days to Fledge: 7-8
Number of Broods: 1, 2 in south?
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 U
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley