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 14 videos
Resting and preening. Locality Jaruco Park, Mayabeque Province, Cuba
Eduardo Tejeda Lima 20 July 2015 7 weeks ago 21 sec 4.6
An adult moving between branches, looking around after each move Locality El Yarey, Jiguaní, Granma Province, Cuba (ssp merlini)
Joe Angseesing 26 March 2007 7 years ago 42 sec 4.6
Bird foraging on ground in open Locality Ciénaga de Zapata, Cuba
Desmond Allen 10 March 2013 2 years ago 1 min 6 sec 4.4
Looking around and fly away. Locality El Rosario, Puerto Esperanza, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba
Eduardo Tejeda Lima 16 February 2014 1 year ago 13 sec 4.2
A bird sunning and preening in a tree Locality La Güira, Cuba (ssp merlini)
Josep del Hoyo 10 August 2004 10 years ago 22 sec 4.2
A bird sunning, scratching its head and preening in a tree Locality La Güira, Cuba (ssp merlini)
Josep del Hoyo 10 August 2004 10 years ago 17 sec 3.9
PhotosSee all 12 photos
Adult resting up in a tree
Locality Pinar del Río Province, Cuba
Dubi Shapiro 27 November 2014 21 weeks ago 4.8
Cuban Lizard-Cuckoo (Great Lizard-Cuckoo) with ant.
Locality La Güira National Park, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba
Hal and Kirsten Snyder 5 December 2014 41 weeks ago 4.8
Close-up view of an adult perched at the base of a tree.
Locality Playa Larga, Cuba (ssp merlini)
Allan Hopkins 13 April 2015 5 weeks ago 4.3
ON a tree
Locality El Cubano Park, Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus Province, Cuba
Guy Poisson 31 December 2013 1 year ago 4.3
Getting ready to raid a Wasps' nest.
Locality Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Guantánamo Bay, Guantánamo Province, Cuba
Carlos Rodriguez Carreon 28 April 2014 1 year ago 4.2
Single bird, perched and calling
Locality Zapata Peninsula, Matanzas Province, Cuba (Monotypic species)
Dave Irving 5 March 2011 51 weeks ago 4.1
calling from a nearby tree Locality Breezes Jibacoa, Santa Cruz del Norte, Mayabeque Province, Cuba
Joe Angseesing 25 April 2014 34 weeks ago 5
Flight calls pair in flight Locality Breezes Jibacoa, Santa Cruz del Norte, Mayabeque Province, Cuba
Joe Angseesing 25 April 2014 34 weeks ago 4.7
A bird calling from some trees Locality El Yarey, Jiguaní, Granma Province, Cuba
Joe Angseesing 28 March 2007 5 years ago 4.5