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Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo.jpg
Rufous-vented ground cuckoo (Neomorphus geoffroyi)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Genus: Neomorphus
Gloger, 1827

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Neomorphus is a genus of terrestrial cuckoos in the family Cuculidae. Despite their relatively large size, they are highly inconspicuous and rarely seen. They are restricted to the humid primary forests in the Neotropics, and despite their similar looks, not closely related to the Asian ground cuckoos of the genus Carpococcyx.


Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo.jpg Neomorphus geoffroyi Rufous-vented ground cuckoo southern Nicaragua, through Costa Rica and Panama, into north-western Colombia
Neomorphus squamiger Scaled ground cuckoo Rio Tapajós in Brazil
Neomorphus pucheranii Red-billed ground cuckoo western Brazil, southeastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, and northeastern Peru.
Neomorphus radiolosus Banded ground cuckoo the Chocó of western Colombia and Ecuador.
Neomorphus rufipennis Rufous-winged ground cuckoo northern Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela, and Colombia


  • Payne, R. B. 1997. Neomorphus. pp. 606–607 in: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., and Sargatal, J. eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 4. Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 84-87334-22-9