Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Vulnerable

Cocos Cuckoo (Coccyzus ferrugineus)


Taxonomy

French: Coulicou de Cocos German: Cocoskuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo de Isla del Coco
Taxonomy:

Coccyzus ferrugineus

Gould

, 1843,

Cocos Island

.

Closely related to C. minor, with which has been considered conspecific. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Cocos I, off W Costa Rica.

Descriptive notes

32 cm; 70 g. Adult greyish brown above, forehead and crown slate, narrow blackish facial mask, remiges rufous (brown in C. minor), tail broadly white-tipped,... read more

Voice

Utters a deep, coughing “kcha”, repeated 5–8 times; also makes a resonant... read more

Habitat

Tropical lowland evergreen forest; Hibiscus thickets, tangles, hanging vines along streams... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including large ones (sphingid caterpillars, cicadas), also lizards. Forages in dense vegetation; hops and runs in vegetation.

Breeding

Not described.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Uncommon, and vulnerable owing to its small range. It is confined to the forests of Cocos I, which has a total area of just 47 km², and is the least common... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2017). Cocos Cuckoo (Coccyzus ferrugineus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/54894 on 22 June 2017).