Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Ash-colored Cuckoo (Coccycua cinerea)


French: Piaye cendré German: Graukehlkuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo ceniciento

Coccyzus cinereus


, 1817,



Previously placed in genus Coccyzus. Closely related to C. pumila#R. Monotypic.


Paraguay (except far NW), Uruguay, N Argentina (S to Río Negro) and locally in S Brazil (Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul). Winters in C & W Brazil, E & N Bolivia, SE & NE Peru and extreme SE Colombia.

Descriptive notes

25 cm; 45 g. Adult brownish grey above, tail brown, ungraduated; white below, throat and breast buffy-grey, abdomen tinged buff, wing-linings pale buff, rectrices with narrow... read more


A sonorous “cow-w cow-w cow cow”, like C. americanus but without clucking at... read more


Occupies variety of habitats including scrubby woodland, chaco scrub, tropical deciduous forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and their larvae.


Nest a flat oval platform of sticks and leaves, lined with leaves, in bush or tree. Eggs 2–4, white; 25·5 x 19 mm. Nestling... read more


Unknown; suspected seasonal austral migrant, perhaps migratory in extreme S. Records from E Peru,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Little known about overall status, but species is considered generally uncommon throughout its variety of habitats in the lower... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2019). Ash-colored Cuckoo (Coccycua cinerea). 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 on 15 December 2019).