Mangrove Cuckoos are striking, but elusive birds found in Southwest Florida.
They can sit still in the vegetation and you would never know they were near you.
The long tail (folded here) has bold white tips to outer tail feathers.
Mangrove Cuckoos are the rarest of the landbird specialists inhabiting mangroves and research indicates their population is in decline. However, exciting new research is now going on at J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida, on the Mangrove Cuckoo to help shed light on the habits and behavior of this elusive bird, about which very little is known.