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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Cuckoos

Scientific system: Howard et al.

Familia: Cuculidae

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The family of Cuckoos is found worldwide except in the coldest areas. Many species are migratory birds. Cuckoos often have slender bodies and very long tails. The body length ranges from 17 cm to 70 cm. Except for the Roadrunners, the legs are short, with two toes pointing forward and two pointing backwards. The sexes are mostly the same. They feed mainly on insects. Many species are pronounced brood parasites. After hatching, the young cuckoos regularly push the other nest siblings out of the nest. The non-parasitic species are able to build nests. With the exception of the Anis, cuckoos are loners.

Clamator

     jacobinus - Jacobin Cuckoo (4)
     levaillantii - Levaillant's Cuckoo (3)
     coromandus - Chestnut-winged Cuckoo (1)
     glandarius - Great Spotted Cuckoo (7)

Pachycoccyx

     audeberti - Thick-billed Cuckoo (2)

Cuculus

     crassirostris - Sulawesi Cuckoo (1)
     sparverioides - Large Hawk-Cuckoo (5)
     varius - Common Hawk-Cuckoo (1)
     vagans - Moustached Hawk-Cuckoo (1)
     fugax - Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo (2)
     hyperythrus - Rufous Hawk-Cuckoo (1)
     pectoralis - Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo (1)
     solitarius - Red-chested Cuckoo (2)
     clamosus - Black Cuckoo (3)
     micropterus - Indian Cuckoo (1)
     canorus - Common Cuckoo (11)
     gularis - African Cuckoo (3)
     saturatus - Oriental Cuckoo (6)
     poliocephalus - Lesser Cuckoo (1)
     rochii - Madagascar Cuckoo (1)
     pallidus - Pallid Cuckoo (2)

Cercococcyx

     mechowi - Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo (2)
     olivinus - Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo (1)
     montanus - Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo (1)

Cacomantis

     sonneratii - Banded Bay Cuckoo (2)
     passerinus - Grey-bellied Cuckoo (2)
     merulinus - Plaintive Cuckoo (1)
     variolosus - Brush Cuckoo (2)
     castaneiventris - Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo (2)
     flabelliformis - Fan-tailed Cuckoo (1)

Chrysococcyx

     osculans - Black-eared Cuckoo (1)
     basalis - Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo (1)
     minutillus - Little Bronze Cuckoo (2)
     crassirostris - Pied Bronze Cuckoo
     lucidus - Shining Bronze Cuckoo (2)
     ruficollis - Rufous-throated Bronze Cuckoo (1)
     meyeri - White-eared Bronze Cuckoo (1)
     maculatus - Asian Emerald Cuckoo (2)
     xanthorhynchus - Violet Cuckoo (1)
     flavigularis - Yellow-throated Cuckoo (1)
     klaas - Klaas's Cuckoo (3)
     cupreus - African Emerald Cuckoo (2)
     caprius - Dideric Cuckoo (4)

Rhamphomantis

     megarhynchus - Long-billed Cuckoo (1)

Surniculus

     lugubris - Asian Drongo-Cuckoo (3)
     velutinus - Philippine Drongo-Cuckoo (1)

Caliechthrus

     leucolophus - White-crowned Cuckoo (2)

Microdynamis

     parva - Dwarf Koel (4)

Eudynamys

     scolopaceus - Common Koel (7)

Urodynamis

     taitensis - Long-tailed Cuckoo (2)

Scythrops

     novaehollandiae - Channel-billed Cuckoo (6)

Ceuthmochares

     aereus - Yellowbill (3)

Rhopodytes

     diardi - Black-bellied Malkoha (1)
     sumatranus - Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (1)
     tristis - Green-billed Malkoha (2)
     viridirostris - Blue-faced Malkoha (1)

Taccocua

     leschenaultii - Sirkeer Malkoha (3)

Rhinortha

     chlorophaea - Raffles's malkoha (2)

Zanclostomus

     javanicus - Red-billed Malkoha (2)
     calyorhynchus - Yellow-billed Malkoha (3)
     curvirostris - Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (3)

Phaenicophaeus

     pyrrhocephalus - Red-faced Malkoha (2)

Dasylophus

     superciliosus - Rough-crested Malkoha (3)

Lepidogrammus

     cumingi - Scale-feathered Malkoha (2)

Coccyzus

     pumilus - Dwarf Cuckoo (1)
     cinereus - Ash-colored Cuckoo (1)
     erythrophthalmus - Black-billed Cuckoo (4)
     americanus - Yellow-billed Cuckoo (7)
     euleri - Pearly-breasted Cuckoo (1)
     minor - Mangrove Cuckoo (3)
     ferrugineus - Cocos Cuckoo (2)
     melacoryphus - Dark-billed Cuckoo (2)
     lansbergi - Grey-capped Cuckoo

Saurothera

     merlini - Great Lizard Cuckoo (2)
     vieilloti - Puerto Rican Lizard Cuckoo (1)
     vetula - Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo (3)
     longirostris - Hispaniolan Lizard Cuckoo (1)

Hyetornis

     rufigularis - Bay-breasted Cuckoo (1)
     pluvialis - Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo (3)

Piaya

     cayana - Squirrel Cuckoo (4)
     melanogaster - Black-bellied Cuckoo (2)
     minuta - Little Cuckoo (3)

Carpococcyx

     radiceus - Bornean Ground Cuckoo (2)
     viridis - Sumatran Ground Cuckoo (1)
     renauldi - Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo (2)

Coua

     delalandei - Snail-eating Coua (2)
     gigas - Giant Coua (4)
     coquereli - Coquerel's Coua (2)
     serriana - Red-breasted Coua (2)
     reynaudii - Red-fronted Coua (3)
     cursor - Running Coua (2)
     ruficeps - Red-capped Coua (4)
     cristata - Crested Coua (5)
     verreauxi - Verreaux's Coua (2)
     caerulea - Blue Coua (4)

Centropus

     celebensis - Bay Coucal (1)
     unirufus - Rufous Coucal (1)
     melanops - Black-faced Coucal
     nigrorufus - Sunda Coucal (2)
     milo - Buff-headed Coucal (1)
     goliath - Goliath Coucal (1)
     violaceus - Violet Coucal (1)
     menbeki - Ivory-billed Coucal (1)
     ateralbus - Pied Coucal (1)
     phasianinus - Pheasant Coucal (5)
     spilopterus - Kai Coucal
     bernsteini - Black-billed Coucal (1)
     chalybeus - Biak Coucal
     rectunguis - Short-toed Coucal (1)
     steerii - Black-hooded Coucal
     sinensis - Greater Coucal (2)
     andamanensis - Andaman Coucal (1)
     viridis - Philippine Coucal (1)
     toulou - Malagasy Coucal (3)
     grillii - Black Coucal (1)
     bengalensis - Lesser Coucal (2)
     chlororhynchos - Green-billed Coucal (3)
     leucogaster - Black-throated Coucal (1)
     anselli - Gabon Coucal (2)
     monachus - Blue-headed Coucal (2)
     cupreicaudus - Coppery-tailed Coucal (1)
     senegalensis - Senegal Coucal (8)
     superciliosus - White-browed Coucal (6)

Crotophaga

     major - Greater Ani (5)
     ani - Smooth-billed Ani (6)
     sulcirostris - Groove-billed Ani (6)

Guira

     guira - Guira Cuckoo (6)

Tapera

     naevia - Striped Cuckoo (3)

Dromococcyx

     phasianellus - Pheasant Cuckoo (3)
     pavoninus - Pavonine Cuckoo (1)

Morococcyx

     erythropygus - Lesser Ground Cuckoo (4)

Geococcyx

     californianus - Greater Roadrunner (6)
     velox - Lesser Roadrunner (6)

Neomorphus

     geoffroyi - Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo (2)
     squamiger - Scaled Ground-Cuckoo
     radiolosus - Banded Ground Cuckoo (2)
     rufipennis - Rufous-winged Ground Cuckoo (1)
     pucheranii - Red-billed Ground Cuckoo (2)

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