Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Near Threatened

Bahama Lizard-cuckoo (Coccyzus bahamensis)


French: Tacco des Bahamas German: Bahamakuckuck Spanish: Cuco lagartero de Bahamas

Saurothera bahamensis

H. Bryant

, 1864,

Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas


Hitherto treated as subspecies of C. merlini, but differs in absence of rufous wingpanel, since outer vanes of primaries are concolorous with wing and all upperparts, although inner vanes are rufous and show up in flight (3); black tip of uppertail (2); and (by comparison with decolor from I of Pines, which most closely resembles bahamensis in lacking rufous tone to upperparts) purer grey on breast and paler rufous on lower underparts (2). Population of Andros has sometimes been separated as race andria (occasionally misspelt andrina). Monotypic.


Bahama Is: Andros, New Providence and Eleuthera.

Descriptive notes

c. 50 cm. Large, long-bodied cuckoo with long, slightly downcurved bill, red skin around eye and very large graduated tail, with upperparts largely uniform grey, and rufous... read more


No detailed studies, especially with reference to potential for differences between present species... read more


Occurs in wide variety of vegetated habitats, especially where there are many vines, and it is... read more

Food and feeding

Diet and foraging behaviour very poorly known, but probably largely similar to Cuban C. merlini; stomach contents have included... read more


Virtually nothing known, although a female collected on Andros in late May was in breeding condition.


Resident and presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently treated as Near Threatened. C. bahamensis is restricted to the islands of Andros, New Providence, Eleuthera and Harbour, and is... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Bahama Lizard-cuckoo (Coccyzus bahamensis). 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 20 February 2020).