French: Tacco de Cuba German: Eidechsenkuckuck Spanish: Cuco lagartero cubano
Other common names:
Great Lizard Cuckoo
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. santamariae
(Garrido, 1971) – islands off NC Cuba.
C. m. merlini
(d’Orbigny, 1839) – Cuba and Cayo Conuco.
C. m. decolor
(Bangs & Zappey, 1905) – I of Pines.
45–55 cm; male 125–175 g, female 165–255 g. Adult olive-brown above, primaries rufous, throat whitish, breast and cheeks light grey, belly and undertail-... read more
A throaty “ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-kau-kau-ko-ko” lasting a total of c. 9 seconds, with the... read more
Tropical lowland evergreen forest, tropical deciduous forest, secondary forest, pine forest; seen... read more
Food and feeding
Lizards, locusts, grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, large moths, bees, wasps, frogs, small snakes, bird eggs and nestlings, occasionally... read more
Very poorly known. Season mostly Apr–May, but also apparently Oct. Nest a shallow saucer of twigs, lined with leaves, well concealed... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rather limited range, but species is common to fairly common, including on I of Pines and N cays, widespread and rather tame. Used in traditional... read more
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