French: Petit Piaye German: Rötelkuckuck Spanish: Cuco ardilla menor
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. panamensis
(Todd, 1912) – E Panama and N Colombia W of Gulf of Urabá (S to NW Antioquia).
C. m. gracilis
(Heine, 1863) – Colombia W of Andes and in Cauca and Magdalena Valleys, and W Ecuador.
C. m. minuta
(Vieillot, 1817) – lowland Colombia E of Andes, Venezuela and the Guianas S to Amazonian Peru and SC Brazil (Goiás, Mato Grosso); Trinidad.
C. m. chaparensis
(Cherrie, 1916) – N Bolivia (S to Cochabamba and Santa Cruz).
25 cm; 40 g. Adult chestnut above, throat and breast rufous-chestnut, belly dark buffy-grey, tail with white terminal spots; eye-ring red, iris red, bill greyish yellow with... read more
Harsh clucks, “tchek”, like a tree frog; sharp “quienk”, a nasal chattering... read more
Inhabits tropical lowland evergreen forest edge, secondary forest, clearings, mature mangroves,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including caterpillars, wasps, beetles, bugs, flies, also spiders. Forages in understorey to mid-storey.
Eggs Jun–Sept in Surinam; in French Guiana, fledgling recently out of nest in early Mar. Nest an open, deep twig cup in thick shrubs... read more
Not known. Considered resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rather limited information available about relative abundance: species is uncommon to fairly common throughout much of range; local in Colombia.
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