A Black-billed Cuckoo at Barn Island WMA.
Thought this was a thrasher at first because of the size and long tail. But a black eye line (smudge, really) made me think of shrikes. Its back was a uniform brown, however, a color more like cuckoos, and had a buffy-colored throat. Saw him sitting on a log on the ground next to Crystal Lake.
Cuckoo was in a moderate poplar, on the edge of open field.
Bird was approachable at a slow pace.
South Padre Island, Texas
27 April 1997
The Black-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus erythropthalmus, is a cuckoo.