Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Lesser Ground-cuckoo (Morococcyx erythropygus) - HBW 4, p. 605

French: Géocoucou de Lesson German: Drosselkuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo Bobo
Other common names: Rufous-rumped Cuckoo

Taxonomy: Coccyzus erythropyga Lesson, 1842, San Carlos, Central America.
Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • mexicanus Ridgway, 1915 - Pacific slope of tropical W Mexico from S Sinaloa S to Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
  • erythropygus (Lesson, 1842) - S Mexico (hills of Oaxaca on E side of Plains of Tehuantepec E to Chiapas) to NW Costa Rica, and also arid interior valleys on Caribbean slope of Guatemala and Honduras.