Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Pearly-breasted Cuckoo (Coccyzus euleri)


Taxonomy

French: Coulicou d’Euler German: Perlbrustkuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo ventriblanco
Taxonomy:

Coccyzus Euleri

Cabanis

, 1873,

Cantagallo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Species formerly referred to as C. julieni, but that name was officially suppressed#R. Has been considered conspecific with C. americanus#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Panama, N & E Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas through Amazonia to SE Brazil (Mato Grosso, Paraná, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro) and S to NE Bolivia, E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones). Distribution patterns and movements unclear, but may be only winter visitor to E Colombia, Venezuela (R Orinoco), the Guianas and most of Brazil#R#R.

Descriptive notes

28 cm; 61 g. Adult uniform earth-brown above, light pearly-grey below, centre of belly whitish, long tail blackish with white tips, no rufous on wing, inner webs of primaries... read more

Voice

Slow series of “kuoup” notes, 1/sec; also short rattle followed by 4–9 accented... read more

Habitat

Tropical lowland evergreen forest, gallery forest, secondary forest; sandy woodland, scrub. Sea-... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, mainly caterpillars.

Breeding

Very little known. Breeding record in Oct in Roraima (N Brazil). A nest in Panama was a loose platform of dry sticks c. 3 m above the... read more

Movements

An austral migrant. Known to be present on breeding grounds during the austral summer, and in the... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally rare; only 3 records in Surinam, where it is thought to be a migrant, and uncommon in Brazil, where it breeds S of the... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2017). Pearly-breasted Cuckoo (Coccyzus euleri). 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/54892 on 22 June 2017).