Black-billed Cuckoo
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General description.

The Black-billed Cuckoo is a beautiful but shy bird. It can often be found in the forest foraging for foods such as insects. To catch food, this bird first perches on a tree and sits quietly, searching all directions before giving chase. When the male is courting the female, he will often bring food to her. This bird nests in trees and has been known to take part in nest parasitism. Rarely will the female lay her eggs in another bird's nest leaving that bird to care for her young. This bird, though fairly common is dependent on caterpillar populations and will lay more eggs when food is easy to find.

Juvenile appearance.

Juveniles lack the red eye ring of adults.

Flight pattern.

Direct. Flies low and only makes short flights.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

cu-cu-cu or cu-cu-cu-cu and kowk-kowk-kowk

Population and distribution.


Nesting habits.

The Black-billed Cuckoo nests on platforms and lays 2-5 blue-green eggs.

Similar birds:

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Photo Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Birds in the same Family:

Mangrove Cuckoo Photo Mangrove Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Photo Yellow-billed Cuckoo
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