Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Black-bellied Cuckoo (Piaya melanogaster)


Taxonomy

French: Piaye à ventre noir German: Schwarzbauchkuckuck Spanish: Cuco ardilla ventrinegro
Taxonomy:

Cuculus melanogaster

Vieillot

, 1817,

Java; error = Cayenne

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Birds from SE Peru described as race ochracea, but considered insufficiently distinct to warrant recognition. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Colombia, E Venezuela and the Guianas S to E Ecuador, E Peru, N Bolivia and SC Brazil (Amazonia S to Mato Grosso).

Descriptive notes

38 cm; 102 g. Adult rufous-chestnut above with light grey cap, throat and breast orange-buff, becoming black on abdomen and undertail-coverts, tail rufous with subterminal... read more

Voice

Song a loud “jjit, jjit-jjit-jjit”; scratchy descending “yaaaaa”, also a... read more

Habitat

Tropical lowland evergreen forest, absent from coastal region; also occurs in shrubby growth away... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including grasshoppers, katydids, caterpillars, beetles and ants. At two nests, incidental observations revealed that nestlings... read more

Breeding

Two nests (both on an island in a river) with young being fed recorded in French Guiana in Aug and Nov , respectively. Both were open... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon and relatively little known. Despite occurrence in shrubby vegetation, species is reckoned to be sensitive to... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Black-bellied Cuckoo (Piaya melanogaster). 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/54904 on 17 November 2017).