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Pheasant Cuckoo
Pheasant Cuckoo
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Subfamily: Neomorphinae
Genus: Dromococcyx
Species: D. phasianellus
Binomial name
Dromococcyx phasianellus
(Spix, 1824)

Macropus phasianellus [1]

The Pheasant Cuckoo (Dromococcyx phasianellus) is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family.

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They are 14-15" in length, with long, broad tails [2]. Buffy breast with brown streaks [3]. Rather small head, with short pointed crest, and thin neck, giving this bird an unusual profile. [4]. This bird's tail is long and wide (fan-shaped), with the upper tail-coverts greatly elongated, almost as long as the tail itself [4]. It is dark brown above, feathers with edgings, with narrow whitish postocular stripe; mostly whitish below, with a band of dusky spotting across buffyish chest; tail dark brown with tail tipped whitish [4].

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The long, broad tail feathers as well as the buffy breast with the brown streaks helps differentiate from the Striped Cuckoo [3]. Its call is like that of a striped cuckoo, but the last note is quivering [3]. It is also smaller and paler brown above, lacks streaking below and has more of a normal tail [4].


It is is secretive and sulking [2]. They tend to walk slowly and quietly through their wooded habitats, usually solitarily [2]. When alarmed. they run quickly from the source of the disturbance, madly flapping their wings [2].


Forages on insects (especially grasshoppers) and lizards [2].


Often heard rather than seen. This species spend most of their time on the ground, fly up to the middle or upper levels of trees to vocalise [2]. Their usual call is a melancholy and far-carrying whistle: se-see-werrrr. Another vocalization sounds like sah, seh, si-see, with the ending at a higher pitch [2]. These birds also make clucking calls [2].


This species of cuckoo is a brood parasite, meaning that the females lay their eggs in the nests of other species, so the "host" birds raise their young [2]. Mainly on species building cup nests, but also on those constructing closed nests [4].


Almost always sticks to dense undergrowth in evergreen forests, in which it prefers [2].

It occurs in Mexico as well as Central and South America(na) [2].


  1. ^ "Pheasant Cuckoo (Dromococcyx phasianellus)". The Internet Bird Collection. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Beletsky, Les; David Nurney, Mike Langman (illu.); Cornell Lab of Ornithology (bird sounds) (2007). Bird Songs from Around the World. Bellevue, WA: becker&meyer!. p. 10. ISBN 143797046X.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help);
  3. ^ a b c Garrigues, Richard and Dean, Robert (2007). Birds of Costa Rica. Zona Tropical Publication. ISBN 9780801445873. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Ridgely, Robert S. and Gwynne, John A., Jr. (1989). A Guide to the Birds of Panama, with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691025126. 

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