Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Red-billed Ground-cuckoo (Neomorphus pucheranii)


French: Géocoucou de Pucheran German: Rotschnabel-Grundkuckuck Spanish: Cuco hormiguero piquirrojo

Cultrides Pucheranii


, 1851,

Rio Yaguas, Peru


Proposed race napensis (from NE Ecuador) considered a synonym of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. p. pucheranii (Deville, 1851) – Amazonian Colombia (rare in SE)#R, Peru, Ecuador (rare in NE)#R and W Brazil N of R Amazon.
  • N. p. lepidophanes Todd, 1925 – Amazonian Peru and W Brazil S of R Amazon.
  • Descriptive notes

    43–51 cm; one male 330 g. Adult green-glossed brown above, crest black with purple gloss, wings rufous, outer primaries black, glossed violet, tail green-glossed... read more


    Calls include a roaring hum like a curassow (Crax), heard once between c. 03:00 hours and... read more


    Tropical lowland evergreen forest of upper Amazonia; to date found exclusively in well-drained... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, but also fruits (including Inga punctata, Salacia juruana, Abutta sp., Rheedia sp., and... read more


    Insufficient data, but presumably non-parasitic like other Neomorphus. Clutch reportedly two eggs. Nestling in Peru in Feb: buffy... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. A rare species, about which little is known. Not often seen. Reported sightings in S Colombia (Amazonas) and E Ecuador indicate that its range may... read more

    Recommended citation

    Payne, R. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Red-billed Ground-cuckoo (Neomorphus pucheranii). 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 February 2020).