Guira Cuckoo (Guira guira)
Guira Cuckoo, Pirapora, Minas Gerais, Brazil, February 2002 - click for larger image Brazil

A scruffy looking bird, the Guira Cuckoo has a rufous crest and orange-yellow bill and eye.

The first photo was taken early one morning and catches the cuckoos about to leave their overnight roost. They will often roost in groups and huddle together for warmth on cold nights.

Guira Cuckoo, Carmo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2002 - click for larger image They are found in open, scrubby areas in southern South America and are one of the species that actually benefits from deforestation.

They not only roost in groups but also feed in groups on the ground eating insects, frogs, eggs, etc.. They even nest in groups. Several females will lay eggs in the same communal nest where there might be 10 eggs. Despite carrying the cuckoo name, they are rarely recorded as brood parasites.

There are illustrations in Sick, Page 284 and in HBW, Volume 4, Pages 525, 542 and 600.

Guira Cuckoo, Joanes, Ilha de Marajó, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image
Guira Cuckoo, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
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