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Scaled Ground-Cuckoo Neomorphus squamiger

Janice M. Hughes
Version: 1.0 — Published June 29, 2018

Priorities for Future Research


Scaled Ground-Cuckoo is the least known of the five Neomorphus species; thus, it is imperative that the species be studied further in order to acquire baseline information on its breeding behavior, food preferences, and specific habitat requirements. Continued degradation of primary Amazonian forest on which this cuckoo relies will certainly affect its populations; therefore, it is of critical importance that estimates of global population and population trends be determined.

Furthermore, acknowledgement of required conservation intervention for Scaled Ground-Cuckoo has been severely hampered by its lack of currently recognized species status (see Related Species). Although Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo (Neomorphus geoffroyi) — the species with which Scaled Ground-Cuckoo is now considered synonymous by some authors — also is of conservation concern, its large distribution could provide a hedge against extinction. Also, there is the risk that conservation measure prescribed in the future for Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo may not be implemented within the more restricted geographic of Scaled Ground-Cuckoo.

Recommended Citation

Hughes, J. M. (2018). Scaled Ground-Cuckoo (Neomorphus squamiger), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.scgcuc1.01