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black-billed cuckoo

[blak-bild] /ˈblækˌbɪld/
a black-billed North American cuckoo, Coccyzus erythropthalmus, that, unlike most cuckoos, constructs its own nest and rears its own young.
Origin of black-billed cuckoo
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He has a cousin very much like himself in appearance, save that his bill is all black and he is listed the black-billed cuckoo.

  • Oven-birds sang at intervals throughout the day, and once I heard again the black-billed cuckoo.

    Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
  • The black-billed cuckoo's voice is softer, and its cow notes run together, otherwise their "songs" are alike.

  • If he were only a black-billed cuckoo, it would not be so bad, but I saw his bill quite plainly, and it was yellow.

    Dooryard Stories

    Clara Dillingham Pierson

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