Great lizard cuckoo
|Great lizard cuckoo|
|S. m. santamariae|
Cayo Coco, Cuba
The great lizard cuckoo (Coccyzus merlini) is a species of cuckoo in the family Cuculidae. The species is also known as the Cuban lizard cuckoo. It is found in The Bahamas (on Andros, Eleuthera and New Providence) and Cuba.
The great lizard cuckoo is the largest of the lizard-cuckoos of the Caribbean and the largest species of Coccyzus cuckoo. It is 54 cm (21 in) in length and weighs around 155 g (5.5 oz). The plumage is similar to that of the other lizard-cuckoos: olive-brown backs, wings and crown, white throat and breast and chestnut belly with a deeply barred undertail. The eye has a patch of bare red skin around it, and the bill is long.
S. m. merlini, Zapata National Park, Cuba
This species feeds on lizards and insects such as locusts. Unlike some cuckoos, it raises its own young, nesting in a saucer of twigs and laying two to three eggs.
- Payne, R.B. (1997). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J., eds. Family Cuculidae (Cuckoos). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 84-87334-22-9.
- Raffaele, Herbert; Wiley, James; Garrido, Orlando; Keith, Allan; Raffaele, Janis (2003). Birds of the West Indies. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 978-0713654196.
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- BirdLife species factsheet for Coccyzus merlini
- "Coccyzus merlini". Avibase.
- "Cuban lizard cuckoo media". Internet Bird Collection.
- Great lizard-cuckoo photo gallery at VIREO (Drexel University)
- Great lizard-cuckoo species account at NeotropicalBirds (Cornell University)
- Interactive range map of Coccyzus merlini at IUCN Red List maps
- Audio recordings of Great lizard cuckoo on Xeno-canto.
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