Birds of Colombia

CUCKOO 
Cuco

ORDER: CUCULIFORmEs

FAMILY: CUCULIDAE

Twenty-one species with large to medium sizes with a long tails. Secretive and timid. Includes the road-runner – a bird not found in Colombia that eats rattle snakes. Cuckoos eat caterpillars, grubs, spiders, grasshoppers, lizards, fire-ants and other insects. Most tails are beautiful with white undertails. Some like to lay eggs in other bird’s nests. Live in dense forests. Some are nocturnal and may live up to 5 years.

Existen 21 especies de estas aves. Tienen tamaños variables y largas y hermosas colas. Son tímidos y se esconden. Estas aves se alimentan de gusanos, arañas, lagartijas, hormigas y otros insectos. Algunas especies ponen sus huevos en nidos de otros pájaros. Viven en bosques densos, algunos nocturnos y pueden vivir hasta los 5 años. Como dato curioso, en esta familia se encuentra el pájaro corre-caminos que come culebras cascabel (no existe en Colombia).

LITTLE cuckoo

Name in Spanish: Cuco-ardilla Chico

Size/Tamaño: 11 in | 27 cm
Location: Near water in the Llanos and Amazon regions as well as north of Colombia and north central and east ranges in Andes
Altura: <1500 m
Status: 

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Coccycua minuta, little cockoo

Coccycua minuta

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cuco ardilla chico

Coccycua minuta

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Little cuckoo
Coccycua minuta

Groove-billed Ani

Name in Spanish: Garrapatero Común - Garrapatero de Pico Liso

Size/Tamaño: 14 in | 35 cm
Location: Lowland in the west and north of the country
Altura: <500 m
Status: 

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Chrotophaga sulcirostris, Groove-billed ani, Garrapatero comun

Crotophaga sulcirostris

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Garrapatero comun

Crotophaga sulcirostris

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Chrotophaga sulcirostris, Groove-billed ani, Garrapatero comun
Crotophaga sulcirostris

Greater Ani

Name in Spanish: Garrapatero Mayor - Cuco Negro

Size/Tamaño: 11 in | 27 cm
Location: Near water in the Llanos and Amazon regions and in the north of the country
Altura: <2600 m
Status: 

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Coccycua minuta, little cockoo

Crotophaga major

Male ♂︎

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cuco ardilla chico

Crotophaga major

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Greater ani
Crotophaga major
Species of the family Cuculidae to photograph
Species de la familia Cuculidae por fotografiar

Scientific name Name in Spanish Name in English
Crotophaga ani Garrapatero Piquiliso Smooth-billed Ani
Tapera naevia Cuco Sin-fin Striped Cuckoo
Dromococcyx phasianellus Cuco Faisán Pheasant Cuckoo
Dromococcyx pavoninus Cuco Pavonino Pavonine Cuckoo
Neomorphus geoffroyi Cuco-terrestre Collarejo Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo
Neomorphus radiolosus Cuco-terrestre Escamado Banded Ground-Cuckoo
Neomorphus rufipennis Cuco-terrestre Alirrufo Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoo
Neomorphus pucheranii Cuco-terrestre Piquirrojo Red-billed Ground-Cuckoo
Coccycua pumila Cuco Enano Dwarf Cuckoo
Coccycua cinerea Cuco Cenizo Ash-colored Cuckoo
Piaya cayana Cuco-ardilla Común Squirrel Cuckoo
Piaya melanogaster Cuco-ardilla Buchinegro Black-bellied Cuckoo
Coccyzus melacoryphus Cuco Piquioscuro Dark-billed Cuckoo
Coccyzus americanus Cuco Americano Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Coccyzus euleri Cuco Buchiblanco Pearly-breasted Cuckoo
Coccyzus minor Cuco Manglero Mangrove Cuckoo
Coccyzus erythropthalmus Cuco Piquinegro Black-billed Cuckoo
Coccyzus lansbergi Cuco Canelo Gray-capped Cuckoo