Cocos Cuckoo Coccyzus ferrugineus

Javier Tenorio Brenes
Version: 2.0 — Published October 22, 2020


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Related Species

Cocos Cuckoo was formerly considered a subspecies of Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor) by some authors (e.g., 9). Phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequence data suggests that Cocos Cuckoo is sister to Mangrove Cuckoo, and that the two are closely related (10). Together, Cocos and Mangrove cuckoos appear to be sister to Pearly-breasted Cuckoo (C. euleri) and Yellow-billed Cuckoo (C. americanus) with strong support (10). In another study where Cocos Cuckoo was considered conspecific with Mangrove Cuckoo (11), Mangrove Cuckoo was found to be sister to both Pearly-breasted and Yellow-billed cuckoos, supporting the results found in Sorenson and Payne (10).


Coccyzus ferrugineus Gould 1843 (12: page 105). Type locality "Cocos Island, North Pacific". Holotype in the British Museum (Natural History), BMNH 1855.12.19.372 (13).

Recommended Citation

Tenorio Brenes, J. (2020). Cocos Cuckoo (Coccyzus ferrugineus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, S. M. Billerman, and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.coccuc1.02