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CUBAN CUCULIFORMES   - Cuckoos, Turacos, Anis

Cuban TodyThere are only four species in this order of birds found in Cuba, the yellow-billed cuckoo, the great lizard-cuckoo, the mangrove cuckoo, and the smooth-billed ani. They are all members of the Cuculidae family.

The yellow-billed cuckoo breeds from the Great Plains to Texas and east to the Atlantic Coast states and the Caribbean. It is also found in scattered locations in the western United States. It winters in South America. Like many members of the cuckoo family, the female yellow-billed cuckoo sometimes lays her eggs in the nest of another bird. She then leaves and lets the other bird feed and raise her chicks.

The mangrove cuckoo is found in southern Florida, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. Like other cuckoos, the mangrove cuckoo has zygodactyl feet. That means they have two toes facing frontwards and two toes facing backwards. Most birds have three toes facing forward and one toe facing backwards.

The great lizard-cuckoo is found in the Bahamas, Cuba, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is a large cuckoo, around 21 inches in length. It eats lizards, frogs, snakes, young birds, and insects. The smooth-billed ani is found in southern Florida, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. It is all black and has a thick, rounded bill.

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CUBAN CUCULIFORMES   - Cuckoos, Turacos, Anis

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in the Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced breeds in nh Breeds in NH (Birds)
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

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Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Coccyzus americanus Least Concern North America South America image More Info Breeding
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Scott Olmstead  
Mangrove Cuckoo - Coccyzus minor Least Concern North America South America image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Jesse Fagan  
Great Lizard-cuckoo - Coccyzus merlini Least Concern North America image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org William Adsett  
Smooth-billed Ani - Crotophaga ani Least Concern North America South America image More Info Year-round
  Audio Credit: xeno-canto.org Antonio Silveira  
 

Additional Information

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Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Coccyzus americanus Photos Video Least Concern North America South America
The yellow-billed cuckoo breeds from the Great Plains to Texas and east to the Atlantic Coast states and the Caribbean. It is also found in scattered locations in the western United States. It winters in South America.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Coccyzus americanus profile Photos Video Least Concern North America South America
Caterpillars make up a large part of the yellow-billed cuckoo's diet. It also eats other large insects, bird eggs, berries, fruits, and seeds.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Coccyzus americanus profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America
Some people think the yellow-billed cuckoo calls out more on rainy days, so it is sometimes called the "rain crow."
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Mangrove Cuckoo - Coccyzus minor Photos Video Least Concern North America South America
The mangrove cuckoo is found in southern Florida, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Great Lizard-cuckoo - Coccyzus merlini Photos Audio Least Concern North America
The great lizard-cuckoo is found in the Bahamas, Cuba, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Smooth-billed Ani - Crotophaga ani profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America
The smooth-billed ani is found in southern Florida, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes