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Black-billed Cuckoo -
(Coccyzus erythropthalmus)



  • Medium size
  • Brown above, light below
  • Down-curved black bill
  • Long tail with small pale spots
  • 11" (28 cm.)


  • Deciduous forest,
  • Brushy woodland edges

Additional Information

  • Fairly common migrant and
         summer resident
  • Wisconsin species of special concern
  • Population in decline
  • Secretive, more often heard than seen
  • Breeding onset tied to food supply of caterpillars
  • Builds nests less than 3 meters 
         off the ground

 Black-billed Cuckoo looking over shoulder

 Black-billed Cuckoo perched among the willows

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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