Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Coccyzus americanus

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Field Marks
  • Slender, long-tailed bird
  • Yellow eye ring
  • Cinnamon inner webs to primaries, often visible at rest
  • White chin, breast, and belly
  • Black outer tail feathers with white tips
  • Black bill with yellow lower mandible
  • Tail feathers with extensive pale tips


Yellow-billed Cuckoos can be found in forest to open woodlands, those areas with dense undergrowth such as parks, riparian woodlands and thickets are considered their favored habitats


The Yellow-billed Cuckoo is a summer resident in the Atlanta area.  It also can be seen commonly during spring and fall migration.