| Dromococcyx phasianellus|
Macropus phasianellus 
They are 14-15" in length, with long, broad tails . Buffy breast with brown streaks . Rather small head, with short pointed crest, and thin neck, giving this bird an unusual profile. . This bird's tail is long and wide (fan-shaped), with the upper tail-coverts greatly elongated, almost as long as the tail itself . It is dark brown above, feathers with edgings, with narrow whitish postocular stripe; mostly whitish below, with a band of dusky spotting across buffyish chest; tail dark brown with tail tipped whitish .
The long, broad tail feathers as well as the buffy breast with the brown streaks helps differentiate from the Striped Cuckoo . Its call is like that of a striped cuckoo, but the last note is quivering . It is also smaller and paler brown above, lacks streaking below and has more of a normal tail .
It is is secretive and sulking . They tend to walk slowly and quietly through their wooded habitats, usually solitarily . When alarmed. they run quickly from the source of the disturbance, madly flapping their wings .
Forages on insects (especially grasshoppers) and lizards .
Often heard rather than seen. This species spend most of their time on the ground, fly up to the middle or upper levels of trees to vocalise . Their usual call is a melancholy and far-carrying whistle: se-see-werrrr. Another vocalization sounds like sah, seh, si-see, with the ending at a higher pitch . These birds also make clucking calls .
This species of cuckoo is a brood parasite, meaning that the females lay their eggs in the nests of other species, so the "host" birds raise their young . Mainly on species building cup nests, but also on those constructing closed nests .
Almost always sticks to dense undergrowth in evergreen forests, in which it prefers .
It occurs in Mexico as well as Central and South America(na) .
- ^ "Pheasant Cuckoo (Dromococcyx phasianellus)". The Internet Bird Collection. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
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- ^ a b c d e Ridgely, Robert S. and Gwynne, John A., Jr. (1989). A Guide to the Birds of Panama, with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691025126.
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