Black-Billed Cuckoo

Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Black-Billed Cuckoos breed in the northeastern USA and the southern regions of central and eastern Canada. After the breeding season, these birds travel south to northwestern South America where they seek tropical rainforests, scrub forests and other woodlands.

It well known that old World cuckoos are brood parasites (lay their eggs in other bird’s nests). New World cuckoos may sometimes do so as well, but primarily they raise their own young.

Black-Billed Cuckoos are not threatened, but their population is in decline. Poisonous insecticides kill off the prey they depend upon, and loss of habitat are the reasons for this drop in numbers.

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