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Pavonine Cuckoo Dromococcyx pavoninus Scientific name definitions

Peter E. Lowther
Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2020
Text last updated December 11, 2009

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The Pavonine Cuckoo is a medium-sized, long-tailed cuckoo found in the understory of forests of South America.  The Pavonine Cuckoo is known to be a brood parasite, laying its eggs in the nests of other species. But otherwise very little is known of the behavior of this widespread but reclusive species, which is heard far more often than it is seen.

Distribution of the Pavonine Cuckoo
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Distribution of the Pavonine Cuckoo

Recommended Citation

Lowther, P. E. (2020). Pavonine Cuckoo (Dromococcyx pavoninus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.pavcuc1.01