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A Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

Last Updated: 11/22/06

On 6/1/04 or so, I caught a glimpse of a bird I had never seen before. Yet, it seemed familiar. Its beak was curved. The bird was big and mostly grayish brown. The evening of 6/3/04, it was dead on the back porch after failing to fly through the glass screen door. Using two good bird books, I was unable to find a match. We are in Central Maryland. The bird measured 10" long with 6" of body and 4" of tail. Finally, someone identified it as a yellow-billed cuckoo. While not a rare bird, it is rarely seen and is in decline. I have certainly never seen one before. I thought someone might like to see some photos.

Here is a Cornell Lab of Ornithology Page on the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo with a photo (of a live one!), information, and a recording of its call.

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Top of Tail

Top of Wing

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