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Black-billed Cuckoo Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: Black-billed Cuckoos are a species you never go out and expect to find. They're present some years, seemingly absent the next, and nearly always VERY difficult to observe as they skulk in thick vegetation. I've heard them on a number of occasions but seen them much less often, and only have photos from two different occasions. The second of these occasions was at Newton Hills State Park on May 19th, 2019, when I note only got good looks and photos of a Black-billed Cuckoo, but three of his friends were cavorting in the nearby bushes!

Black-billed Cuckoo - Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Black-billed Cuckoo 1 - Coccyzus erythropthalmus Black-billed Cuckoo 2 - Coccyzus erythropthalmus Black-billed Cuckoo 3 - Coccyzus erythropthalmus Black-billed Cuckoo 4 - Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Black-billed Cuckoo 1

May 17th, 2007

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Black-billed Cuckoo 2

May 17th, 2007

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Black-billed Cuckoo 3

May 17th, 2007

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Black-billed Cuckoo 4

May 17th, 2007

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Black-billed Cuckoo 5 - Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Black-billed Cuckoo 6 - Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Black-billed Cuckoo 7 - Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Black-billed Cuckoo 8 - Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Black-billed Cuckoo 5

May 17th, 2007

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Black-billed Cuckoo 6

May 17th, 2007

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Black-billed Cuckoo 7

May 19th, 2019

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Black-billed Cuckoo 8

May 19th, 2019

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Black-billed Cuckoo 9 - Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Black-billed Cuckoo 9

May 19th, 2019

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

     

Click here for the species description page for the Black-billed Cuckoo.


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