Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo

Out In the Open

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The Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo was a much sought-after endemic while we were in Jamaica.  We had pretty good looks at one on the grounds the Mockingbird Hotel B&B.  At first this one was buried in the midst of a tree on the side of the valley in the San San Preserve we were walking in.  Most of the group moved on after getting some views of the bird but I lingered back and our guide Jay said, “Keep watching.  I bet he’ll come out on that branch.”  Sure enough the cuckoo walked out of the thicket on the branch and gave some spectacular views.  It then flew over to another tree and perched out in the open long enough for me to get this shot.

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