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 25 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 39 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 1 year 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 23 weeks ago 4.7
ON a tree
Locality El Cubano Park, Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus Province, Cuba
Guy Poisson 31 December 2013 2 years 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 1 year ago 4.1
calling from a nearby tree Locality Breezes Jibacoa, Santa Cruz del Norte, Mayabeque Province, Cuba
Joe Angseesing 25 April 2014 51 weeks ago 5
Flight calls pair in flight Locality Breezes Jibacoa, Santa Cruz del Norte, Mayabeque Province, Cuba
Joe Angseesing 25 April 2014 51 weeks ago 4.7
A bird calling from some trees Locality El Yarey, Jiguaní, Granma Province, Cuba
Joe Angseesing 28 March 2007 6 years ago 4.5