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BIRD OF THE WEEK

MANGROVE CUCKOO

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Coccyzus minor
POPULATION: 200,000+
TREND: Stable
HABITAT: Mangrove swamps, hardwood hammocks, dry shrubby forest.

Never seen the Mangrove Cuckoo? You’re not alone: The Mangrove Cuckoo is among the most secretive and poorly known of North American birds. It’s difficult to detect because of the species’ preference for impenetrable mangrove swamps and its tendency to remain silent outside of the breeding season.

Within the United States, this tropical bird can be found only in dense mangroves along the southern coasts of Florida. There, along with White-crowned Pigeon, the birds use undisturbed mangrove habitat for nesting and foraging.

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