All photographs were taken by Nathan Collie on location at Old Town.

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Conservation Status

Habitat loss is a major factor in this species’ decline, especially in the West, where the bird’s preferred riverside breeding areas have been destroyed and replaces by farms and housing developments. Additionally, Yellow-billed Cuckoos are frequent victims of collisions with tall buildings, cell towers, radio antennas, wind turbines, and other structures. Since Cuckoos migrate during the night, it is difficult for them to see these structures in the dark.


Yellow-billed Cuckoos often live in dense woodland areas near a water source, such as woodlands with low, scrubby, vegetation, overgrown orchards, farmland, and dense thickets along streams and marshes.