Long, dark tail has six large white spots underneath, each with a dark spot. A ll bird sounds on this page are taken from the audio cassette tape “Sounds of Florida’s Birds,” copyright 1998, by J. W. Hardy, curator emeritus in ornithology and bioacoustics at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Sound Of The Mangrove Cuckoo You can also recognize a Mangrove Cuckoo by a typical “gawk, gawk, gawk, gawk, gawk, gawk” call. This range of hard, nasal tones accelerates at the end. This shy bird is very difficult to seek out. < < RETURN BACK TO THE PROJECT PAGE. Unlock thousands of full-length species accounts and hundreds of bird family overviews when you subscribe to Birds of the World. Listen to Dr. Hardy’s introduction. It is a coastal bird, living mainly at sea-level, but locally, it can be found up to 1000 metres, and it can breed higher, up to 1300 metres. You will also hear a single whit at times. One might be more apt to hear it calling than to actually see it. Sound Recording: Mangrove Cuckoo: 1 song Recorded on April 26, 2019 Recorded in Saddlebunch Keys, Florida Considering the bird was pretty far away and this was made with my iPhone, it didn’t turn out too bad. Hughes, Janice M. 2012. Although some people think the mangrove cuckoo is a migratory bird to Florida, others believe that the bird is becoming more common throughout Florida. The Mangrove Cuckoo, as the name suggests, lives in the mangrove forest. They can be seen in the most southern areas of Florida and on the Caribbean islands. Decurved bill is dark above and yellow below with a dark tip. Range Map Citation. Also spied was this Mangrove Cuckoo moving stealthily through the brush: Mangrove Cuckoo seen at Cabo Rojo. ). Mangrove Cuckoo lives mainly in mangroves, but it also can be found in estuaries, swamps, thickets near water, dry scrub and loose tropical deciduous forest. The mangrove cuckoo, of which Maynard's is a subspecies, is well named, for all races of the species, seem to be confined almost exclusively to the mangroves. You have to be very patient and more than a little lucky to find this species. For example, Mangrove Cuckoos are known to inhabit a variety of woodland types throughout their range, however in Florida they appear to be restricted to mangrove forests. Mangrove Cuckoo: Medium-sized cuckoo with gray-brown upperparts, black ear patch, yellow eye-ring, white throat, and buff-washed white underparts. Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor), The Birds of North America Online (A. The Mangrove Cuckoo is tough to find for multiple reasons - it resides in thick, mangrove cover, has muted colors and is mostly silent. The mangrove cuckoo is mostly found in southern Florida, where you are most likely to see one in regions of mangrove. Poole,Ed. Each species account is written by leading ornithologists and provides detailed information on bird distribution, migration, habitat, diet, sounds, behavior, breeding, current population status, and conservation.