squirrelcuckoo

February 6, 2017 – Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana)

These cuckoos are found in parts of Mexico, through much of Central America and in northern and central South America. They eat a variety of large arthropods and small vertebrates, along with some small fruits. Pairs build nests in trees or low vegetation with one partner bringing materials while the other constructs the nest. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks. Their coloration and the way they hop along branches led to their common name, as they vaguely resemble the colors and movements of a squirrel.

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