678. Coccyzus erythrophthalmus

678. BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO.
COCCYZUS ERYTHROPHTHALMUS.
Coccyzus erythrophthalmus (Wilson), Am. Orn. iv. p. 16, pl. 28, fig. 2 (1811) ; Audubon, B. Am. iv. p. 300, pl. 276 ; Dresser, v. p. 231, pl. 301, fig. 1 ; Shelley, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xix. p. 311 ; Saunders, p. 290.
Male ad. (N. America), Upper parts and tail metallic olivaceous, fore¬head tinged with ashy grey ; wings with a faint coppery tinge, the inner webs of the primaries faintly tinged with cinnamon ; middle tail-feathers with a subterminal dark brown mark and slightly tipped with white ; under parts white, the throat tinged with yellowish buff, the sides of the neck, and the breast tinged with grey ; under surface of the tail hoary grey ; bill black, but bluish at the base below ; legs light plumbeous ; iris brown, and round the eye a dull vermilion naked skin. Culmen 0.92, wing 5.65, tail 6.5, tarsus 0.95 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. Eastern North America, west to the Rocky Mountains, north to Labrador and Manitoba, south in winter to the West Indies, Central America, and South America to Colombia. Has occurred once in Ireland and once in Italy.
In habits and food it resembles C. americanus from which it is readily distinguishable by its black bill, but it is said to be less shy and wary than that bird. It builds its own nest and incubates its own eggs, but the nest is better constructed and finished than that of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and is placed, not on a tree, but on a bush usually two or three feet above the ground. The eggs, 3 to 6 in number, are deposited at irregular intervals, are rather smaller and darker than those of C. americanus, sometimes greener in tinge, usually rather smoother in texture and with a faint gloss, in size averaging 1.10 by 0.85.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
678. Coccyzus erythrophthalmus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
678
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
475
Common name: 
Black Billed Cuckoo
M_ID: 
6075
M_CN: 
Black-billed Cuckoo
M_SN: 
Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10033

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