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yellow-billed cuckoo

[yel-oh-bild] /ˈyɛl oʊˌbɪld/
a North American cuckoo, Coccyzus americanus, that has a yellow bill and, unlike many cuckoos, constructs its own nest and rears its own young.
Origin of yellow-billed cuckoo
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This species is very similar to our common yellow-billed cuckoo, but the whole underparts are deep buff.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The yellow-billed cuckoo, was detected by Mr. Layard in dense jungle near Colombo and Avisavelle.

  • And only a few pages later there he was in the limelight again in connection with the yellow-billed cuckoo.

    My Man Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • Less likely birds that have occurred in Britain are the belted kingfisher and American yellow-billed cuckoo.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson

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