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Guira Cuckoo

Guira Cuckoo

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Scientific Name:

Guira guira


Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay


Carnivore. Insects (grasshoppers, cicadas, flying termites), spiders, frogs, lizards, snakes, eggs and nestlings of small birds.


Habitat:  Scrub savanna and woodlands, pampas, pastures, coastal dunes.

Incubation: 10-15 days / 10 eggs (group nest)

Social structure: Flocks of up to 20 individuals

Weight: 168g max

Dimensions: 34-42cm

Lifespan: 10

Estimated population in the wild: unknown, common

Threats: There are no major threats to this species.

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

  1. On cold nights, Guira cuckoos will huddle together in a tree for warmth
  2. Unlike other cuckoo species, they do not deposit their eggs in other bird species nest. Instead they take part in communal nesting. Several females will lay their eggs in a single nest, and they will all care for the eggs.

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