Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Genus: Coccyzus
Species: americanus (am-er-ih-KAY-nus) (Info)


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Attalla, Alabama
Barling, Arkansas
Byron, Georgia
Yale, Iowa
Georgetown, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Coushatta, Louisiana
Conway, Missouri
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Austin, Texas
High Island, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Apr 18, 2013, rntx22 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've been going to High Island TX for a few years now in the spring to catch a glimpse of the spectacular migratory birds there, but the cuckoos always elude me! This year I was bent on seeing a cuckoo. I got super lucky and saw 2 yellow billed cuckoos AND a black billed! Didn't get any photos of the black billed, but managed to get a few of the yellow billed before it flew off. YAY!!!


On Jan 9, 2013, Hagar3 from Byron, GA wrote:

My father called them Rain Crows. We would hear the distinctive calls before a rain in the summer in South Alabama. I hear them here in Georgia but they are very hard to spot.


On Nov 26, 2012, Chillybean from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Before we could call ourselves "birders", we found one dead in our yard in 2009. It was not in an area that it looked like it could have been a window strike, but what else c\would it have been? :( We did not know to appreciate how rare it was in our area. One of the children thought he saw another in a tree, but they were never seen here again. We saw one earlier this summer, but in the boonies near Des Moines.

They are a cool bird and maybe someday we'll have another in our yard.


On Jul 4, 2011, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Unfortunately, I was able to become somewhat familiar with this bird when it bounced off a window and was knocked senseless. The pictures posted were while it was coming to while sitting on my wife's lap.

This bird recovered enough to avoid having too much paparazzi attention, and retreated to the top of a nearby ash tree to continue its convalescence.

It is very attractive, and the yellow lower beak is quite distinctive.