Cuban Lizard-cuckoo (Saurothera merlini) - HBW 4, p. 597
French: Tacco de Cuba
Spanish: Cuco-lagartero Cubano
Other common names: Great Lizard Cuckoo
Taxonomy: Saurothera merlini d'Orbigny, 1839, Cuba.
Population of Andros has sometimes been separated as race andrina. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- bahamensis Bryant, 1864 - Bahama Is of Andros, New Providence and Eleuthera.
- santamariae Garrido, 1971 - islands off NC Cuba.
- merlini d'Orbigny, 1839 - Cuba.
- decolor Bangs & Zappey, 1905 - I of Pines.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 13 videos
An adult moving between branches, looking around after each move Locality El Yarey, Jiguaní, Granma Province, Cuba (ssp merlini)
Joe Angseesing 26 March 2007 5 years ago 42 sec 4.6
Bird foraging on ground in open Locality Ciénaga de Zapata, Cuba
Desmond Allen 10 March 2013 1 year ago 1 min 6 sec 4.3
A bird sunning and preening in a tree Locality La Güira, Cuba (ssp merlini)
Josep del Hoyo 10 August 2004 8 years ago 22 sec 4.2
Looking around and fly away. Locality El Rosario, Puerto Esperanza, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba
Eduardo Tejeda Lima 16 February 2014 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 13 sec 4
A bird sunning, scratching its head and preening in a tree Locality La Güira, Cuba (ssp merlini)
Josep del Hoyo 10 August 2004 8 years ago 17 sec 3.9
A bird perched and preening its wing Locality Zapata Peninsula, Matanzas Province, Cuba (ssp merlini)
Josep del Hoyo 29 July 2004 9 years ago 32 sec 3.9
ON a tree
Locality El Cubano Park, Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus Province, Cuba
Guy Poisson 31 December 2013 13 weeks ago 4
A beaufiful specimen looking for its next meal atop a dead tree.
Locality Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Guantánamo Bay, Guantánamo Province, Cuba
Carlos Rodriguez Carreon 3 November 2011 1 year ago 4
Adult bird in typical habitat
Locality Ciénaga de Zapata, Cuba
Rafael Merchante 12 November 2004 31 weeks ago 3.8
Bird sitting on a branch
Locality El Yarey, Jiguaní, Granma Province, Cuba (ssp merlini)
Joe Angseesing 26 March 2007 5 years ago 3
A poor view
Guy Poisson 27 January 2007 3 years ago 2.1