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Channel-Billed Cuckoo Video Stock Footage

The channel-billed cuckoo is the world's largest cuckoo, measuring between 58–66 cm (23–26 in) long and weighing between 550–935 g (1.213–2.061 lb). 24 adults were found to have averaged 684 g (1.508 lb) in body mass. The bill is bi-coloured, with a grey base becoming straw-coloured at the tip. The bill is large slightly curved and reminiscent of the bills of hornbills in fact, the bird is sometimes erroneously referred to as a hornbill. The plumage of the adult is pale grey on the head, chest, belly and back, becoming paler and barred lower down on the belly. The wings are darker grey with dark tips on the feathers. The tail is dark grey on top and barred underneath with a black band and white tip at the end. The feet and legs are black, and the eye is surrounded by prominent red skin. While most other very large cuckoos are rather terrestrial (i.e. roadrunners or the genus Neomorphus), the channel-billed cuckoo is fairly arboreal and is capable both in trees and on the ground. The channel-billed cuckoo is a strong flier, with a distinctive, almost hawk-like cruciform flight silhouette. In flight the wingspan is around 1 m, with the wings held stiffly. There is some sexual dimorphism in both plumage and dimensions, the female having a smaller bill and paler, more barred undersides. It is found in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia additionally, it is vagrant in New Caledonia and New Zealand. The species is migratory over par...Learn more about Channel-Billed Cuckoo


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Animalia: Chordata: Cuculiformes: Aves: Cuculidae: Scythrops novaehollandiae

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