Species Profile
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Yellow-Billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae

Listing Status:   

General Information

Size: 31 cm (12 in) in length. Color: Brownish above and white below; with rusty colored flight feathers. The upper mandible of the bill is black and the lower mandible is yellow. The under side of the tail has pairs of large white spots.

Map of Species occurrence

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  • States/US Territories in which the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Western U.S. DPS is known to or is believed to occur:  Arizona , California , Colorado , Montana , Nevada , New Mexico , Oregon , Texas , Utah , Washington , Wyoming
  • US Counties in which the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Western U.S. DPS is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • USFWS Refuges in which the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Western U.S. DPS is known to occur:  BUTTE SINK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, SACRAMENTO RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, SUTTER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
  • Countries in which the the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Western U.S. DPS is known to occur:  Canada, Mexico, United States
  • For more information:  http://www.fws.gov/pacific/news/2001/2001-76.htm
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
11/03/2014 California/Nevada Region (Region 8) Western U.S. DPS

» Federal Register Documents

Most Recent Federal Register Documents (Showing 5 of 31: view all)
Date Citation Page Title
10/03/2014 79 FR 59991 60038 Determination of Threatened Status for the Western Distinct Population Segment of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
08/15/2014 79 FR 48547 48652 Designation of Critical Habitat for the Western Distinct Population Segment of the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
04/10/2014 79 FR 19860 19861 Proposed Threatened Status for the Western Distinct Population Segment of the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
12/26/2013 78 FR 78321 78322 Proposed Threatened Status for the Western Distinct Population Segment of the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
10/03/2013 78 FR 61621 61666 Proposed Threatened Status for the Western Distinct Population Segment of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus); Proposed Rule

» Recovery

Recovery Plan Information Search

No recovery information is available for the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Western U.S. DPS.

» Critical Habitat

Current Critical Habitat Documents (Showing 1 of 1)
Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
08/15/2014 79 FR 48547 48652 Designation of Critical Habitat for the Western Distinct Population Segment of the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Proposed Rule Proposed

To learn more about critical habitat please see http://criticalhabitat.fws.gov

» Conservation Plans

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) (learn more) (Showing 5 of 10: view all)
HCP Plan Summaries
Cal. Dept. of Corrections Statewide Electrified Fence Project
Clark County Multiple Species HCP (7 permittees)
Lower Colorado River MSCP
Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Plan (LCR MSCP)
Malpai Borderlands

» Petitions

Most Recent Petition Findings (Showing 5 of 6: view all)
Date Citation Page Title Finding
11/21/2012 77 FR 69993 70060 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
  • Notice 12 month petition finding, Warranted but precluded
  • Notice CNOR
  • 10/26/2011 76 FR 66370 66439 Review of Native Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notice of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions
  • Notice 12 month petition finding, Warranted but precluded
  • Notice CNOR
  • 07/25/2001 66 FR 38611 38626 ETWP; 12-Month Finding for a Petition to List the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) in the Western Continental United States
  • Notice 12 month petition finding, Warranted but precluded
  • 02/17/2000 65 FR 8104 8107 Notice of 90-Day Finding for a Petition To List the Yellow-billed Cuckoo as Endangered and Commencement of a Status Review
  • Notice 90-day Petition Finding, Substantial
  • 12/29/1988 53 FR 52746 52749 Findings on Pending Petitions & Description of Progress on Listing Actions; 53 FR 52746-52749
  • Notice 12 month petition finding, Not warranted
  • Notice Candidacy Removal/Reclass, Not listable entity
  • » Life History

    No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

    » Other Resources

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    Last updated: October 31, 2014