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Yellow-billed Cuckoo


My first photo of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo.


The Yellow-billed Cuckoo is a cute bird with a yellow and black beak, white throat & underside,  a tan upper side and a yellow eye ring. I’ve only noticed it in trees and never on the ground. The bird makes a call that sounds like a crying puppy to me. It was from this crying that I found my first cuckoo on my own.

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First observation




San Antonio, Texas

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Experiences & anecdotes

5/21/22 - I technically first saw or heard this bird on a group trip to Mitchell Lake in July 2021 but consider my own 'discovery' of this bird to be the following month when I found it at Pearsall Park on my own. I got a really great look and ID of it and even got a recording of its 'crying puppy' call. I hadn't seen this bird since last year and when I led my first bird walk this past weekend, it made a grand appearance to everyone's delight.

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A Yellow-billed Cuckoo holding what looks like a caterpillar it found | 08/07/2021


A profile view of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo | 05/21/2022


Front view of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo | 08/02/2021

Audio recordings

  • ML358695801 - 1:50
    • Listen to the coos of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo. It reminds me of a puppy.

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