Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

A lot of people don't realize this bird is indigenous to this area.  Cuckoo sounds like some kind of exotic bird, but they are found locally in wooded areas.  They are fond of caterpillars.  We have one around us this summer.  While we haven't seen it, I have heard it almost every day the last couple weeks.  It has a beautiful acoustic call which sounds like someone knocking on a small, hollow wooden box.  The yellow lower mandible and large white spots on the tail are good identifying markers.

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