Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo (Coccyzus pluvialis)


French: Tacco de pluie German: Regenkuckuck Spanish: Cuco picogordo de Jamaica

Cuculus pluvialis

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,



Sometimes included within genus Piaya. This species and C. rufigularis were previously placed together in Hyetornis, but recent molecular analysis found that genus to be embedded within Coccyzus#R. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

48–56 cm; 130–189 g. Adult large, dull brown above, face and breast light grey, throat paler, belly dark rufous, tail purple-glossed black with broad white tips;... read more


Hoarse “quak-quak-ak-ak-ak-ak”, slow, then accelerating towards end.


Tropical lowland evergreen forest, secondary forest, in thickets in open areas, woodland; in wet... read more

Food and feeding

Lizards, mice, insects, caterpillars, nestlings and eggs. Forages in midstorey and canopy of forest; runs along branches, glides on... read more


Season generally Mar–Jun, but female also incubating Feb. Nest a shallow saucer of twigs, placed in tree up to 10 m above ground.... read more


Resident. Moves to lower elevations in winter.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to Jamaica EBA. An uncommon and rather poorly known cuckoo with restricted range; further research... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo (Coccyzus pluvialis). 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 22 January 2020).