Backyard Birds

Puerto Rican Lizard Cuckoos (Coccyzus vieilloti)

The Puerto Rican Lizard Cuckoos (Coccyzus vieilloti) occur naturally in Puerto Rico, where they are quite common in the Guánica, Guajataca and Vega State Forests and in the Caribbean National Forest, as well as coffee plantations throughout the island.


The Puerto Rican Lizard Cuckoos. measures from 40 to 48 centimeters (16 to 19 inches) and weighs, on average, 80 grams (2.7 ounces).

The lower body and upper plumage is tan-colored, except for the grey chest and chin.

It has a long tail with two characteristic white spots on the outer tail feathers.

Diet / Feeding

Their like to feed on lizards, hence its common name, which makes up about 75% of its diet.

They supplement their diet with large spiders and insects.


The Puerto RIcan Lizard Cuckoo builds its own nest with twigs. The average clutch consists of 2 – 3 blue eggs.


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