- ORDER: Cuculiformes
- FAMILY: Cuculidae
Like other cuckoos, the secretive Mangrove Cuckoo is a quiet and still presence as it watches for insects and small lizard prey. This slender, long-tailed bird nests in tangled mangrove forests of southern Florida; in its large Caribbean and Latin American range it occurs in lowland and foothill rainforests as well. A mostly brown bird with a yellow or gray ring around the eye, it resembles the Yellow-billed Cuckoo but has a black mask and a warm buff belly.More ID Info
Find This Bird
Finding a Mangrove Cuckoo requires patience, as they tend to skulk in dense vegetation and rarely sit in the open. In South Florida, where they are scarce at best, Mangrove Cuckoos are most vocal in early spring. Walking through their habitat and listening for song (which they sometimes deliver very quietly) is the best way to see this species.
- Cuclillo de Manglar (Spanish)
- Coulicou manioc (French)
- Cool Facts
- In Jamaica, the local name for Mangrove Cuckoo is “rainbird,” as people believe this species calls more often right before a rain shower (interestingly, the Yellow-billed Cuckoo has a similar reputation in the southern United States).
- Like other cuckoos, the Mangrove Cuckoo has four toes on each foot in a "zygodactyl" arrangement, with two toes forward and two behind, rather than three-forward, one-back of many other birds.