Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)


Banded Ground-cuckoo (Neomorphus radiolosus)


French: Géocoucou barré German: Bindengrundkuckuck Spanish: Cuco hormiguero escamoso

Neomorphus radiolosus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1878,

Intac, Ecuador




Foothills of SW Colombia (Risaralda#R#R) S to NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas, Imbabura, Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

50 cm. Adult large, black above and below, the feathers edged buffy white giving a striking scaly effect; crest black, wing-coverts chestnut, inner wing purplish red, outer... read more


Song is a low-pitched hoot similar to that of a quail-dove, sounding like the distant mooing of a... read more


Tropical lowland evergreen forest, in foothills and lower slopes on Pacific slope of W Andes. It... read more

Food and feeding

Not described in detail. Terrestrial; follows peccaries and army ant swarms. One nestling in Ecuador was fed a wide range of both... read more


Breeds Mar–Jun. Two nests found in Ecuador were active in Mar–Apr and May respectively; both were large, open cups apparently... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. A very rare and local, poorly known cuckoo, observed at a few localities in SW Colombia (in Risaralda, Valle del Cauca, Cauca and Nariño) and in... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R., de Juana, E., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Banded Ground-cuckoo (Neomorphus radiolosus). 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 3 April 2020).