Coccyzus Erythropthalmus – Black-Billed Cuckoo

The black-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus) is a New World cuculid. The scientific name is Greek. The name erythropthalmus comes from the Greek words eruthros, “red”, and ophthalmos, “eye”. Its distribution overlaps with the yellow-billed cuckoo. Cuculidae deposit eggs in other birds’ nests. However, C. erythropthalmus regularly incubates their own chicks. Quick Overview: Coccyzus Erythropthalmus – […]

Coccyzus Americanus – Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

Coccyzus americanus is commonly known as the yellow-billed cuckoo. Rain crow and storm crow are southern folk names for this bird. That the bird calls on hot days frequently means rain or thunderstorms. The genus name kokkuzo means “like a common cuckoo,” and Americana means “from America.” Quick Overview: Coccyzus Americanus – Yellow-Billed CuckooBody size: […]

Geococcyx Californianus – Greater Roadrunner

The bigger roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus is an Aridoamerican cuckoo found in the southwestern United States and Mexico. Scientific name: “Californian earth-cuckoo” Along with the smaller roadrunner, it is one of two Geococcyx species. The chaparral cock, ground cuckoo, and snake slayer are all members of this family Cuculidae. Quick Overview: Geococcyx Californianus – Greater RoadrunnerBody […]

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