French: Géocoucou de Lesson German: Drosselkuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo bobo
San Carlos, Central America
Subspecies and Distribution
M. e. mexicanus
Ridgway, 1915 – Pacific slope of tropical W Mexico from S Sinaloa S to Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
M. e. erythropygus
(Lesson, 1842) – S Mexico (hills of E Oaxaca E to Chiapas) S to NW Costa Rica, and also arid interior valleys on Caribbean slope of Guatemala and Honduras.
25–28 cm; male 53·1–70·5 g, female 56–86·8 g. Adult greyish brown above, with bronzy reflections on wings and long tail, rufous below;... read more
A mellow whistle, “teeeee”; a clear trilled whistled series with notes lower and more... read more
Arid lowland scrub, tropical deciduous forest edge in semi-arid scrub and woodland, thorny thickets... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly grasshoppers. Forages in understorey, also on bare ground, at edges of cultivation; walks or hops among leaves on ground... read more
Breeds May in S Mexico (Oaxaca), Jul in Guatemala. Nest a shallow bowl of sticks and leaf petioles and rachises, lined with dead leaves, on... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Few details available, but species is reckoned to be generally fairly common, and habitat not thought to be under serious threat at present; species... read more
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