Bird Species of the World's Boreal Forests


Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Black-Billed Cuckoo


Distinguishing Features - Slightly larger than the American Robin, 28 - 32 cm long. Colouration: olive-brown upperparts and plain, whitish underparts; tail, tipped in white; bill, black, downcurved; reddish eye ring.

Black-Billed Cuckoo Habitat

Breeds east from Alberta, in southern Canada and into the U.S.; open woodland, willow tangles.


Primarily insects and caterpillars.


North America cuckoos build and lay eggs in their own nests while many Old World species lay their eggs in the nests of other birds.

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