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Black-bellied Cuckoo

Piaya melanogaster

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Large, long-tailed cuckoo. A fancier version of the more common Squirrel Cuckoo. Look for Black-bellied’s blue-gray crown, bright coral-red bill, and colorful skin around the eye (mostly sky blue with a yellow patch in front of the eye). Fairly widespread across much of Amazonia, where it is uncommon in the canopy of lowland forest. Tends to stay high in the trees; unlikely to be seen at mid or lower levels like Squirrel Cuckoo.

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