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Birds in Casa #7: The sneaky Hispaniolan Lizard Cuckoo

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Pajaro_BoboThe Hispaniolan Lizard cuckoo is a very elusive and sneaky bird, you can find them in the many gardens of Altos de Chavón specifically in the trees, moving from one branch to another in search of their favorite food “the lizards” – hence their name.

They are an endemic species of the Hispaniola island and one of Casa’s most elusive birds that sometimes pops out occasionally, but then they hide again… hopping up and out of sight! So, if you go to Altos de Chavón keep your eyes peeled and in the trees for a chance to spot this beautiful endemic species. They also have a really beautiful black and white tail, a bit like a zebra, which makes them really easy to identify when you spot one.

The Hispaniolan Lizard Cuckoo hiding in the trees of Altos de Chavón
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Did you know?

“This amazing species declined by almost 90% in the National Park Los Haitises between 1976 and 1996. And besides Hispaniola island, the  Cuckoo Lizard is also an endemic species of Saona Island (to the south-east of La Romana) and Gonave island (off the coast of Haiti)” 

Aves de la República Dominicana y Haiti
By: Steven Latta, Christopher Rimmer, Allan Keith, James Wiley

lizard-cuckoo_2Hispaniolan Lizard Cuckoo profile

  • They range between 41 – 46 cm in length and 110g in weight
  • His chest is gray with a long tail and a small beak
  • They have a reddish brown stain on the wings and soft orange throat
  • It’s endemic to the island of Hispaniola
  • They reproduce between March and June
  • They feed on lizards and big insects
  • They nest at moderate elevations, where they lay 2-4 white eggs.

Birds of Hispaniola

The island of Hispaniola, shared between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, has more than 300 different bird species, of which 32 are endemic, meaning that in the entire world, this is the only place they can be found. Incredibly, 8 of these endemic species can be spotted right here in Casa de Campo, as well as many more!

This is the seventh article of our series “Birds of Casa de Campo”, in future articles you can look forward to reading about: the Broad-Billed Tody, the Barrancoli, the Hispaniolan Lizard Cuckoo and many more!

Click here to read part 1: The Hispaniolan Parakeets of the Teeth of the Dog
Click here to read part 2: The Brown Pelican
Click here to read part 3: The Hispaniolan Woodpeckers
Click here to read part 4: The little yellow Village Weaver
Click here to read part 5: The Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron
Click here to read part 6: The Ruddy Turnstone

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