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Guira Cuckoo

Gull-billed Tern
Guadalupe Murrelet

About the Guira Cuckoo

Also known as: American Striped Cuckoo

The Guira Cuckoo is a species of cuckoo found in southern and eastern parts of South America. It is a social species, often found in groups of 8 or more birds, up to flocks of almost 20 cuckoos. The species also nests and roost communally.

Guira Cuckoos dine on a variety of prey items, including eggs, large insects, frogs, and small mammals. They forage on the ground in flocks.

The population trend for the Guira Cuckoo is increasing, and the conservation status Least Concern as of March 2014. Guira Cuckoos can be found in many zoo collections; they live and reproduce well in captivity.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 April 2014
Scientific Name Guira guira
  • Cuculiformes
  • Cuculidae
  • Guira
  • G. guira
Birdorable Family Cuckoos & Cohorts
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
14.2 inches
4.9 to 5 ounces

International Names

  • Anu-branco (Brazilian)
  • 圭拉鹃 (Chinese)
  • kukačka guira (Czech)
  • Guira (Danish)
  • Guirakoekoek (Dutch)
  • vyökäki (Finnish)
  • Guira cantara (French)
  • Guirakuckuck (German)
  • Cuculo Guira (Italian)
  • アマゾンカッコウ [amazonkakkou] (Japanese)
  • Guiragjøk (Norwegian)
  • guira (Polish)
  • Гуйра (Russian)
  • Pirincho (Spanish)
  • Guiragök (Swedish)