Mangrove cuckoo
Coccyzus minor

The mangrove cuckoo (Coccyzus minor ) is a species of cuckoo that is native to the Neotropics.


Adults have a long tail, brown above and black-and-white below, and a black curved bill with yellow on the lower mandible. The head and upper parts are brown. There is a yellow ring around the eye. This bird is best distinguished by its black facial mask and buffy underparts. Although the scientific name is minor (meaning "small"), this species is on average the largest of North America's three Coccyzus cuckoos. Adults measure 28–34 cm (11–13 in) in length, weigh 64–102 g (2.3–3.6 oz) and span 38–43 cm (15–17 in) across the wings. The most common call heard is a guttural "gawk gawk gawk gawk gauk gauk". It will also call a single "whit".

Mangrove cuckoo habitat map
Mangrove cuckoo
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Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition

It prefers caterpillars and grasshoppers, but will also take other insects, spiders, snails, small lizards, and fruit.

Mating Habits

This cuckoo is found primarily in mangrove swamps and hammocks. It usually nests 2–3 metres (6.6–9.8 ft) above water in a mangrove tree or in a fork of a tree above ground.



1. Mangrove cuckoo Wikipedia article -
2. Mangrove cuckoo on The IUCN Red List site -
3. Xeno-canto bird call -

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