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Alta Hotel, Escazu
Costa Rica


Make Nikon D300
Lens Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G   at 450 mm
Exposure 1/640 s, f/5.6, ISO 1600 
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IOC Names

Deutsch  Cayennekuckuck Dutch  Eekhoornkoekoek
Italian  Cuculo scoiattolo Spanish  Cuco-ardilla Común


This species’ name derives from its squirrel-like behavior of running along branches and leaping from branch to branch. The cuckoo normally flies only short distances, mainly gliding with an occasional flap. It feeds on large insects such as wasps and caterpillars (including those with stinging hairs or spines), and occasionally spiders and small lizards , rarely taking fruit. In particular, they can be seen to attend army ants columns together, picking off prey flushed by the ants.

Squirrel Cuckoo

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Squirrel Cuckoo
Piaya cayana
Piaye écureuil

Jean-Michel PAULUS