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Mangrove Cuckoo

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Mangrove Cuckoo standing on a branch at Parque Nacional Palo Verde in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Slender, long-tailed bird found in shrubby woodland (especially mangroves). Brown above and buffy below with grey cap, black mask, and bold black-and-white pattern on the underside of tail. Bill is black on top, yellow below. Like Yellow-billed Cuckoo, note buffy belly, black mask, and no rufous wings. Shy; tends to sit still for long periods of time, can be difficult to spot. The song is a series of low croaking notes, gradually becoming longer and lower-pitched. Feeds primarily on insects and small reptiles.

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