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Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)



Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) is a Wisconsin Special Concern species that prefers forested uplands and bottomlands, oak woodlands, shrub-carr, shrubby woodland edges, and dense willow or dogwood thickets. They often nest near streams or lakes in shrubs or trees within 1-6 meters from the ground. The yellow-billed is considered single-brooded, but may occasionally attempt second brood regardless of success of initial nesting attempt. This species is not actively tracked in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database, but it could be tracked in the future if there is further evidence of its decline.

State status

Status and Natural Heritage Inventory documented occurrences in Wisconsin

The table below provides information about the protected status - both state and federal - and the rank (S and G Ranks) for Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus). See the Working List Key for more information about abbreviations. Counties shaded blue have documented occurrences for this species in the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory database. The map is provided as a general reference of where occurrences of this species meet NHI data standards and is not meant as a comprehensive map of all observations.

Note: Species recently added to the NHI Working List may temporarily have blank occurrence maps.

Coccyzus americanus is not tracked by the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory Program at this time (this species is not on the NHI Working List).
Summary Information
State Statusnone
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS3B
Global RankG5
Tracked by NHIW

Species guidance

A guidance document is not available at this time. Use the information from the other tabs and contact local biologists, as needed, to develop management and avoidance strategies.



Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Coccyzus americanus.

Photo by  staff, WDNR.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Photo © Jack Bartholmai.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Photo ©  USFWS.

Last revised: Tuesday, May 21, 2019