by Leon Moore
The Black-bellied Cuckoo (Piaya melanogaster) lives in the rainforests of the Amazon as well as Guyana.
Uncommon in its range it is a frequent visitor to the Canopy Walkway in Iwokrama and with its striking blue and yellow eye-ring, black belly, grey crown and red bill, it is a rewarding sight.
The Black-bellied Cuckoo is known occasionally to lay eggs in the nests of other bird species and have the other birds foster its young.
Some interesting facts about Cuckoos:
They eat many spiny caterpillars and these spines stick in the lining of their stomachs which they shed periodically to remove the spines.
They have a tendency to call before rainfall and this may explain why they are also called ‘Rain Crows.’
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