Nesting biology of the Banded Ground-cuckoo (Neomorphus radiolosus).
The ecology and vocalisations of Banded Ground-cuckoo Neomorphus radiolosus.
Habitat characteristics at Banded Ground-cuckoo radio fix locations versus control plots.
Ground-cuckoos (Neomorphus: Cuculidae) are terrestrial, rain-forest-dwelling birds distributed across the Neotropics (Haffer 1977, Payne 1997).
This is the first report of home range size for any Neomorphinae, a sub-family of cuckoos with five New World genera including the Ground-cuckoos and Roadrunners.
Both species construct bulky, open cup nests at similar heights in understory trees of the genus Miconia, although the Rufous-vented Ground-cuckoo nest was slightly lower (2.
The Banded Ground-cuckoo pair we studied fed the nestling a wide range of vertebrates and an even wider range of invertebrates (Table 1), which may reflect the composition of the adult diet.
The Banded Ground-cuckoo is one of Ecuador's rarest birds and has potential to serve as a flagship species for conservation efforts in the Choco.
Items fed to a nestling Banded Ground-cuckoo in northwestern Ecuador in 2005.
Both Banded and Rufous-vented ground-cuckoos regularly replenished their nests with fresh green leaves, a trait also recorded in related cuckoos, such as anis (Crotophaga spp.