Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus

Colombian name: Cuco Americano
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, La Virginia, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image La Virginia, Risaralda, Colombia
April 2012

The Yellow-billed Cuckoo breeds in North America, mainly in the eastern USA and into northern Mexico and the northern islands of the Caribbean. It winters in South America north of Buenos Aires. For a distribution map see NatureServe. During migration they move at night and studies have shown that they orient themselves by the stars.

They are found in a wide variety of habitat including forest, open woodland, pastures with bushes and swamps. They eat mainly large caterpillars and grasshoppers but can take frogs, birds' eggs and small fruit. It is not a brood parasite.

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