Birds of Colombia

CUCKOO | Cuco

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).

ORDER Cuculiformes
FAMILY Cuculidae - Familia Cuculidae

Scientific name Name in Spanish Name in English
Coccycua minuta Cuco-ardilla Chico Little 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
Crotophaga major Garrapatero Grande Greater Ani
Crotophaga ani Garrapatero Piquiliso Smooth-billed Ani
Crotophaga sulcirostris Garrapatero Piquiestriado Groove-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