yellow-billed cuckoo

[ yel-oh-bild ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby yellow-billed cuckoo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use yellow-billed cuckoo in a sentence

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

  • This species is very similar to our common yellow-billed cuckoo, but the whole underparts are deep buff.

    The Bird Book | Chester A. Reed