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

50 cm; 130 g. Adult large, dull brown above, face and breast light grey, throat paler, belly dark rufous, tail purple-glossed black with broad white tips; orbital skin black... 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 middle storey and canopy of forest; runs along branches, glides on... read more


Nest a shallow saucer of twigs, placed in tree. Eggs 2–4, white.


Resident. Moves to lower elevations in winter.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. An uncommon and rather poorly known cuckoo with restricted range; further research and a proper survey of this species' population and status are... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2017). 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 17 November 2017).