Puerto Rican lizard cuckoo

Puerto Rican lizard cuckoo

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Coccyzus vieilloti

The Puerto Rican lizard cuckoo is a cuckoo endemic to the island of Puerto Rico, and is one of 4 species of lizard-cuckoos which occur only on Caribbean islands. These were formerly placed in the genus Saurothera of the family Cuculidae, but are now lumped with Coccyzus . The binomial name of the Puerto Rican lizard cuckoo species commemorates French ornithologist Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot. The Puerto Rican lizard cuckoo occurs in forests and coffee plantations throughout the island of Puerto Rico. The species can be observed slowly foraging the forest understory for lizards, its main dietary component . Large spiders and insects are consumed to supplement its diet. Cuckoos are slender birds with long tails and long, thin, slightly curved bills. They move very slowly foraging for prey through the forest. Cuckoos do not swoop or circle in flight but generally fly in a direct line.

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Puerto Rican lizard cuckoo habitat map

References

1. Puerto Rican lizard cuckoo Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rican_lizard_cuckoo
2. Puerto Rican lizard cuckoo on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22684417/93028616

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