Cuculus Americanus, Linn. Syst. Nat. torn. 1. p. 170. Lath. Ind. Orn. vol. 1. p. 219. Cue. Carolinensis, Wils. Amer. Orn. vol. iv. p. 13. pl. 28. f. 1. Cue. cinerosus, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. III. p. 277. Carolina Cuckow, Lath. Syn. vol. II. p. 537.
Entire length eleven inches four lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) one inch, (from the gape) one inch four lines; of the tarsus eleven lines and a half; of the tail five inches seven lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing five inches nine lines.
All the upper parts of the head and body, wings, and two middle tail-feathers, cinereous brown, with a slight tinge of olivaceous; the other tail-feathers black, with a broad white space at the extremity of each of the three outermost; the fourth just tipped with white; primaries and wing-coverts bright rufous: throat, sides of the neck, and all the under parts white: upper mandible black, edged with yellow at the base; lower mandible yellow, tipped with black: legs black: tarsi long, naked. (Egg). " Of a uniform greenish blue colour". Wils.
The above description of this species is taken from a specimen in the collection of the Zoological Society, which was killed in the preserves of Lord Cawdor in Wales, in the autumn of 1832. Three other individuals have occurred in this country, two in Ireland, and one in Cornwall. Inhabits the northern parts of America. Habits said to be essentially different from those of the Common Cuckow. Constructs its own nest, and rears its own young. Eggs three or four in number. Food, according to Wilson, principally caterpillars.