Order Cuculiformes

Family Cuculidae

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  • Small to medium-sized, slender landbirds, most with fairly narrow bill and long tail; generally dark above and paler below, a few with all-dark plumage.
  • Cosmopolitan.
  • Mainly forest and woodland.
  • 16-70 cm.
  • 36 genera, 149 species, 305 taxa.
  • 11 species threatened;
    1 of these probably extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Cuckoos (Cuculidae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52258 on 21 February 2020).