31 Cool Bird Facts #1 – Black-billed Cuckoo

For the whole month of October we will be featuring a cool bird fact every day. To get us started, we have chosen one of our personal favorites, the Black-billed Cuckoo [Coccyzus erythropthalmus].

Black-billed Cuckoo {Coccyzus erythropthalmus}

The apparent tendency to call more frequently before rain explains why both Black-billed and Yellow-billed cuckoos are called “Rain Crows.” – Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds

Cuckoos have a certain mysterious appeal to them, and even if this nickname seems a bit folklorish, it’s a fun term nonetheless.

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