Cuculidae – Cuckoos

Black-billed Cuckoo by Jim Fenton

Black-billed Cuckoo (Piaya melanogaster) by Jim Fenton

and the owl, and the night-hawk, and the cuckoo, and the hawk after its kind, (Leviticus 11:16 YLT)

CLASS – AVES, Order – CUCULIFORMES, Family – Cuculidae – Cuckoos

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Species (149)

Guira Cuckoo (Guira guira)
Greater Ani (Crotophaga major)
Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)
Groove-billed Ani (Crotophaga sulcirostris)
Striped Cuckoo (Tapera naevia)
Pheasant Cuckoo (Dromococcyx phasianellus)
Pavonine Cuckoo (Dromococcyx pavoninus)
Lesser Ground Cuckoo (Morococcyx erythropygus)
Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
Lesser Roadrunner (Geococcyx velox)
Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo (Neomorphus geoffroyi)
Scaled Ground Cuckoo (Neomorphus squamiger)
Banded Ground Cuckoo (Neomorphus radiolosus)
Rufous-winged Ground Cuckoo (Neomorphus rufipennis)
Red-billed Ground Cuckoo (Neomorphus pucheranii)
Buff-headed Coucal (Centropus milo)
White-necked Coucal (Centropus ateralbus)
Ivory-billed Coucal (Centropus menbeki)
Biak Coucal (Centropus chalybeus)
Rufous Coucal (Centropus unirufus)
Green-billed Coucal (Centropus chlororhynchos)
Black-faced Coucal (Centropus melanops)
Black-hooded Coucal (Centropus steerii)
Short-toed Coucal (Centropus rectunguis)
Bay Coucal (Centropus celebensis)
Gabon Coucal (Centropus anselli)
Black-throated Coucal (Centropus leucogaster)
Senegal Coucal (Centropus senegalensis)
Blue-headed Coucal (Centropus monachus)
Coppery-tailed Coucal (Centropus cupreicaudus)
White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus)
Burchell’s Coucal (Centropus burchellii)
Sunda Coucal (Centropus nigrorufus)
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)
Malagasy Coucal (Centropus toulou)
Goliath Coucal (Centropus goliath)
Black Coucal (Centropus grillii)
Philippine Coucal (Centropus viridis)
Lesser Coucal (Centropus bengalensis)
Violaceous Coucal (Centropus violaceus)
Black-billed Coucal (Centropus bernsteini)
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus)
Andaman Coucal (Centropus andamanensis)
Bornean Ground Cuckoo (Carpococcyx radiceus)
Sumatran Ground Cuckoo (Carpococcyx viridis)
Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo (Carpococcyx renauldi)
Snail-eating Coua (Coua delalandei)
Crested Coua (Coua cristata)
Verreaux’s Coua (Coua verreauxi)
Blue Coua (Coua caerulea)
Red-capped Coua (Coua ruficeps)
Red-fronted Coua (Coua reynaudii)
Coquerel’s Coua (Coua coquereli)
Running Coua (Coua cursor)
Giant Coua (Coua gigas)
Red-breasted Coua (Coua serriana)
Raffles’s Malkoha (Rhinortha chlorophaea)
Blue Malkoha (Ceuthmochares aereus)
Green Malkoha (Ceuthmochares australis)
Sirkeer Malkoha (Taccocua leschenaultii)
Red-billed Malkoha (Zanclostomus javanicus)
Yellow-billed Malkoha (Rhamphococcyx calyorhynchus)
Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus curvirostris)
Red-faced Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus pyrrhocephalus)
Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus)
Blue-faced Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus viridirostris)
Black-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus diardi)
Green-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis)
Rough-crested Malkoha (Dasylophus superciliosus)
Scale-feathered Malkoha (Dasylophus cumingi)
Chestnut-winged Cuckoo (Clamator coromandus)
Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius)
Levaillant’s Cuckoo (Clamator levaillantii)
Jacobin Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus)
Little Cuckoo (Coccycua minuta)
Dwarf Cuckoo (Coccycua pumila)
Ash-colored Cuckoo (Coccycua cinerea)
Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana)
Black-bellied Cuckoo (Piaya melanogaster)
Dark-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus melacoryphus)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
Pearly-breasted Cuckoo (Coccyzus euleri)
Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor)
Cocos Cuckoo (Coccyzus ferrugineus)
Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus)
Grey-capped Cuckoo (Coccyzus lansbergi)
Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo (Coccyzus pluvialis)
Bay-breasted Cuckoo (Coccyzus rufigularis)
Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo (Coccyzus vetula)
Great Lizard Cuckoo (Coccyzus merlini)
Puerto Rican Lizard Cuckoo (Coccyzus vieilloti)
Hispaniolan Lizard Cuckoo (Coccyzus longirostris)
Thick-billed Cuckoo (Pachycoccyx audeberti)
Dwarf Koel (Microdynamis parva)
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
Black-billed Koel (Eudynamys melanorhynchus)
Pacific Koel (Eudynamys orientalis)
Pacific Long-tailed Cuckoo (Urodynamis taitensis)
Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae)
Asian Emerald Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx maculatus)
Violet Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus)
Diederik Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx caprius)
Klaas’s Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx klaas)
Yellow-throated Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx flavigularis)
African Emerald Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx cupreus)
Long-billed Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx megarhynchus)
Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis)
Black-eared Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx osculans)
Rufous-throated Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx ruficollis)
Shining Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus)
White-eared Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx meyerii)
Little Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus)
Pallid Cuckoo (Cacomantis pallidus)
White-crowned Cuckoo (Cacomantis leucolophus)
Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo (Cacomantis castaneiventris)
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis)
Banded Bay Cuckoo (Cacomantis sonneratii)
Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus)
Grey-bellied Cuckoo (Cacomantis passerinus)
Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus)
Rusty-breasted Cuckoo (Cacomantis sepulcralis)
Moluccan Cuckoo (Cacomantis aeruginosus)
Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo (Cercococcyx mechowi)
Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo (Cercococcyx olivinus)
Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo (Cercococcyx montanus)
Philippine Drongo-Cuckoo (Surniculus velutinus)
Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo (Surniculus lugubris)
Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo (Surniculus dicruroides)
Moluccan Drongo-Cuckoo (Surniculus musschenbroeki)
Moustached Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx vagans)
Large Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx sparverioides)
Dark Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx bocki)
Common Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx varius)
Rufous Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx hyperythrus)
Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx pectoralis)
Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx fugax)
Hodgson’s Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx nisicolor)
Black Cuckoo (Cuculus clamosus)
Red-chested Cuckoo (Cuculus solitarius)
Lesser Cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus)
Sulawesi Cuckoo (Cuculus crassirostris)
Indian Cuckoo (Cuculus micropterus)
Madagascan Cuckoo (Cuculus rochii)
African Cuckoo (Cuculus gularis)
Himalayan Cuckoo (Cuculus saturatus)
Oriental Cuckoo (Cuculus optatus)
Sunda Cuckoo (Cuculus lepidus)
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
St. Helena Cuckoo (Nannococcyx psix)


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Peter Ericsson’s Gallery
Reinier’s Wildstock Photos Gallery

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The cuckoos are a family, Cuculidae, of near passerine birds. The order Cuculiformes, in addition to the cuckoos, also includes the turacos (family Musophagidae, sometimes treated as a separate order, Musophagiformes). Some zoologists and taxonomists have also included the unique Hoatzin in the Cuculiformes, but its taxonomy remains in dispute. The cuckoo family, in addition to those species named as such, also includes the roadrunners, koels, malkohas, couas, coucals and anis. The coucals and anis are sometimes separated as distinct families, the Centropodidae and Crotophagidae respectively.

The cuckoos are generally medium sized slender birds. The majority are arboreal, with a sizeable minority that are terrestrial. The family has a cosmopolitan distribution, with the majority of species being tropical. Some species are migratory. The cuckoos feed on insects, insect larvae and a variety of other animals, as well as fruit. Many species are brood parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of other species, but the majority of species raise their own young. (Wikipedia)

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