Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) - HBW 4, p. 595
French: Coulicou à bec jaune
Spanish: Cuclillo Piquigualdo
Taxonomy: Cuculus americanus Linnaeus, 1758, South Carolina.
Forms a superspecies with C. euleri. Birds in W North America average longer-winged and have been described as race occidentalis, but much overlap in size exists and most birds cannot be distinguished; “subspecies” records in non-breeding range are questionable. A claimed record of hybridization with C. erythropthalmus refers to a juvenile C. americanus. Monotypic.
Distribution: SE Canada and USA to Mexico (inland N Pacific slope, Baja California and Caribbean lowlands in Tamaulipas and Yucatán Peninsula) and N West Indies. Winters in South America.
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VideosSee all 7 videos
A bird calling while its beak is closed and its chest inflates, showing that the sound is made internally Locality Garrett State Forest, Garrett County, Maryland, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Robert Schaefer 24 May 2007 5 years ago 28 sec 4.7
A bird preening in a tree. Locality Frederick County, Maryland, USA (United States)
Robert Schaefer 7 October 2011 2 years ago 45 sec 4.2
A bird making a soft clicking note Locality Garrett State Forest, Garrett County, Maryland, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Robert Schaefer 24 May 2007 5 years ago 30 sec 4.1
A bird on a branch, preening and flying away Locality San Gervasio, Cozumel Island, Quintana Roo State, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico (Southern) (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 23 September 2006 6 years ago 18 sec 4
A bird on a branch and flying away Locality San Gervasio, Cozumel Island, Quintana Roo State, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico (Southern) (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 23 September 2006 6 years ago 8 sec 4
A bird hopping through vegetation Locality San Antonio de Belén, Heredia Province, Costa Rica (ssp americanus)
Richard Garrigues 23 October 2006 6 years ago 16 sec 2.6
PhotosSee all 10 photos
on a branch
Locality Pereira, Risaralda Department, Colombia
mauricio rueda 2 January 2011 2 years ago 3.8
Photo taken at the park's blind.
Locality Pedernales Falls State Park, Blanco County, Texas, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
SergioPorto 19 May 2013 8 weeks ago 3.8
Individual viewed from below.
Locality Point Pelee National Park, Leamington, Ontario, Canada
Miriam Bauman 15 May 2010 2 years ago 3.7
Adult bird on its way south
Locality Villahermosa, Tabasco State, Mexico (Southern)
rchavezdm 18 September 2012 16 weeks ago 3.7
Male - perched in some low shrubs and bushes in the Botanical Gardens in Bogotá
Locality Bogotá, Colombia
Blair Wainman 9 October 2008 4 years ago 3.5
Locality Hacienda La Zuliana, Campo Boscán, Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela (Monotypic species)
kperezleon 21 April 2011 2 years ago 3.4