Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

American Striped Cuckoo (Tapera naevia) - HBW 4, p. 605

French: Géocoucou tacheté German: Streifenkuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo Crespín
Other common names: Striped/Four-winged Cuckoo

Taxonomy: Cuculus nævius Linnaeus, 1766, Cayenne.
Additional race chochi sometimes recognized for birds of S Brazil and N Argentina on basis of larger size and colour of upperparts, but these populations overlap considerably in size and plumage with birds in N Brazil and Venezuela. Two subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • excellens (P. L. Sclater, 1858) - S Mexico to E Panama.
  • naevia (Linnaeus, 1766) - Colombia E to the Guianas, and S to W Ecuador, N Peru and Brazil and on S to Bolivia, Paraguay and N Argentina; Margarita I (Venezuela) and Trinidad.