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Mangrove Cuckoo


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The Mangrove Cuckoo is a tropical bird that is found in the United States only in the mangroves along the southern coasts of Florida. In the main part of its range, from Mexico to South America and in the Caribbean, it is not restricted to mangroves, but lives in a variety of lowland habitats.

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Crows and Jays-like
Crows and Jays-like
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Slender, medium-sized bird.
  • Long tail with large white spots along edges.
  • Dull brown back.
  • Underside washed with buff.
  • Black face mask.
  • Bill black above, with yellow lower mandible.
  • Wings brown.

Immature Description

Resembles adult, but with less distinct tail pattern and face mask.

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Similar Species

  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo has a prominent rufous patch in the wings, and lacks gray crown, black mask, and bright buffy underparts.
  • Black-billed Cuckoo has all black bill, a red orbital ring, much smaller white spots under the paler tail feathers, and lacks gray crown, black mask, and bright buffy underparts.