Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Pearly-breasted Cuckoo (Coccyzus euleri)


French: Coulicou d’Euler German: Perlbrustkuckuck Spanish: Cuclillo ventriblanco

Coccyzus Euleri


, 1873,

Cantagallo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Species formerly referred to as C. julieni, but that name was officially suppressed#R. Has been considered conspecific with C. americanus#R. Monotypic.


Panama, N & E Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas through Amazonia to SE Brazil (Mato Grosso, Paraná, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro) and S to NE Bolivia, E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones). Distribution patterns and movements unclear, but may be only winter visitor to E Colombia, Venezuela (R Orinoco), the Guianas and most of Brazil#R#R.

Descriptive notes

28 cm; 61 g. Adult uniform earth-brown above, light pearly-grey below, centre of belly whitish, long tail blackish with white tips, no rufous on wing, inner webs of primaries... read more


Slow series of “kuoup” notes, c. 1/second; also short rattle followed by 4–9... read more


Tropical lowland evergreen forest, gallery forest, secondary forest; sandy woodland, scrub. Sea-... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, mainly caterpillars.


Very little known. Breeding record in Oct in Roraima (N Brazil). A nest in Panama was a loose platform of dry sticks c. 3 m above the... read more


An austral migrant. Known to be present on breeding grounds during austral summer, and in Guianas... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally rare; only three records in Suriname, where it is thought to be a migrant, and uncommon in Brazil, where it breeds S of the... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Pearly-breasted Cuckoo (Coccyzus euleri). 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 25 February 2020).