The adult little cuckoo is mainly chestnut brown, with a greyish lower belly, browner tail and white tips to the tail feathers. The bill is yellow, short, and decurved and the iris of the eyes is red. The little cuckoo makes harsh chek and kak calls.

Little Cuckoo Coccycua minuta along the Mahaicony River, Guyana (Photo by Kester Clarke www.kesterclarke.net)

 

This is a shy species which tends to keep to cover as it forages in low branches for insects and other arthropods.

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