Bird Genus Coccyzus

>Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo

Coccyzus is a genus of cuckoos that occurs naturally in the Americas.

Those occurring in the tropical areas are mostly resident (non-migratory).

The northern species (such as Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos) migrate south to winter in Central or South America; and may wander to Western Europe.

They mostly inhabit subtropical or tropical dry and moist lowland forests, as well as mangroves.


  • Dwarf Cuckoo, Coccyzus pumilus : Found in Brazil, Colombia, Panama, and Venezuela.

  • Ash-colored Cuckoo, Coccyzus cinereus : Found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.

  • Black-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus erythropthalmus

  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus americanus

  • Pearly-breasted Cuckoo, Coccyzus euleri : Found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname, and Venezuela.

  • Mangrove Cuckoo Coccyzus minor

  • Cocos Island Cuckoo, Coccyzus ferrugineus : Endemic to Cocos Island, an Island in the Pacific Ocean which is part of Costa Rica. Yellow-billed

  • Dark-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus melacoryphus

  • Gray-capped Cuckoo, Coccyzus lansbergi : Found in Aruba, Colombia, Ecuador, Netherlands Antilles, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

  • Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, Coccyzus pluvialis

  • Bay-breasted Cuckoo, Coccyzus rufigularis : Endemic to the island of Hispaniola

  • Great Lizard Cuckoo, Coccyzus merlini

  • Puerto Rican Lizard Cuckoo, Coccyzus vieilloti

  • Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Coccyzus vetula

  • Hispaniolan Lizard Cuckoo, Coccyzus longirostris : Found in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.


These cuckoos have slender bodies, long tails and strong legs. Many have black and white undertail patterns.

Puerto Rican Lizard-CuckooNesting / Breeding:

Unlike other cuckoos, these cuckoos typically build their own nests in trees; although Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos occasionally lay eggs in the nests of other birds. The average nest consists of 2 or more eggs.

Calls / Vocalization:

During the breeding season in particular, these cuckoos are very vocal and noisy and their persistent, loud calls can be heard.

Diet / Feeding:

These cuckoos mostly feed on large insects, including cicadas, wasps and caterpillars. The large Lizard Cuckoos mainly eat vertebrate prey, especially, as implied by the name - lizards.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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