Yellow Billed Cuckoo

Coccyzus americanus


Conservation Status

  • The yellow billed cuckoo is also known as the “rain crow,” because it is often heard on hot days before a thunderstorm.
  • Yellow billed cuckoos are featherless for a week after hatching. Over the course of two hours, they become full feathered. 
  • Populations of yellow-billed cuckoo are in decline. The species’ diet consists primarily of insects, so reducing lawn space, reducing the use of pesticides, and providing habitat for species like cicadas and caterpillars can enable this unique bird to recover. 
  • You’re most likely to see or hear a yellow-billed cuckoo between May and September.