Guira Cuckoo

Almost always encountered in small groups of 8-10 individuals, this is a highly sociable species. It lives on dry, grassy plains with widely scattered trees. At night it roosts in flocks that perch closely together on the branch of a tree. Resting in daytime in a similar fashion, the birds huddle in a tight knot, occasionally preening each other. Flight consists of a labored series of flaps and swoops on short, rounded wings, with a pronounced, dipping swoop when landing. Birds are seen flying one after another from bush to bush. Feeding occurs mostly on the ground, but occasionally groups of birds forage in trees. A variety of prey is taken, including worms, insects, small lizards, and mice, as well as eggs and nestlings. The Guira Cuckoo nests communally, with a number of pairs building the nest and several females laying Mfa their eggs in it. The group cooperates ¿j/Ji to incubate and rear the young.

• NFiST This bird does not parasitize the nests of other species. A primitive structure of twigs is built in a tree.

• DISTRIBUTION South America in distribution Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina.

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Family CUCULIDAE

Species Guira guira

birds sunbathing with back feathers fluffed

Family clicui-IUAE

Species Geococcyx californianus Length 2i in (58 cm)

Species Geococcyx californianus Length 2i in (58 cm)

Greater Roadrunner

shaggy crest

• bare blue stripe behind the eye provides balance when running and maneuvering rapidly on the ground short, rounded, little-used wings distribution

Plumage Sexcs .lMkl_.

Habitat jf

Migration Non.mjgrant

Greater Roadrunner

W ith its long legs and narrow tail, this ground-dwelling cuckoo is famous for its ability to run swiftly. It lives in arid, sparsely vegetated country and is often seen hurrying across open spaces, with head and tail extended horizontally, either to snatch up prey or avoid enemies. Although it can fly, it crouches or relies on its speed when alarmed. Prey items include insects, lizards, scorpions, and young snakes. Pairs hold permanent territories, calling with a series of cooing notes.

• NEST Not a nest parasite; a cup nest is made, lined with debris, and placed in a cactus or thorn bush.

provides balance when running and maneuvering rapidly on the ground short, rounded, little-used wings shaggy crest

• bare blue stripe behind the eye distribution

Plumage Sexcs .lMkl_.

Habitat jf

Migration Non.mjgrant

Family ClJCUI.IDAE

Species Carpococcyx renauldi

• long legs of a ground dweller ran

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