Black-bellied Cuckoo (Piaya melanogaster)

Black-bellied Cuckoo

[order] CUCULIFORMES | [family] Cuculidae | [latin] Piaya melanogaster | [UK] Black-bellied Cuckoo | [FR] Coucou piaye | [DE] Schwarzbauch-Kuckuck | [ES] Cuco-ardilla Ventrinegro | [NL] Zwartbuikkoekoek


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Coccyzus melanogaster
Piaya melanogaster SA n, Amazonia

Physical charateristics

The adult has mainly chestnut upperparts and head, becoming paler on the throat. Has a black belly and crissum. It also has a grey cap, red bill and a yellow spot on the lores.

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South America : North, Amazonia


It is found in forest and in low scrubby woodland areas.


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Feeding habits

It feeds in the canopy on insects, beetles, ants and caterpillars.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Black-bellied Cuckoo status Least Concern


Resident throughout range.

Distribution map

Black-bellied Cuckoo distribution range map

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