A black-billed cuckoo perches on a branch.

Black-billed Cuckoo

Generally more northern than the closely related yellow-billed cuckoo, the black-billeds cuckoo can be found in deciduous woodlands where there are caterpillars. During outbreaks of tent caterpillars both species can be locally common. Like the other cuckoos, it has a slow, almost floppy flight as it moves from tree to tree.

The black-billed cuckoo is separated from the yellow-billed by its all-black bill, lack of rufous in the wings, and muted undertail pattern, which barely shows contrast between the gray and white spots. The common call is a long soft series of cu notes, all at the same speed and pitch.

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