For subspecies, see Hellmayr 1929, p. 435. RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Synonyms: Cuculus cayanus LINNAEUS 1776; Piaya cayana cearae CORY 1915
Figure 1. The brazilian name "Alma-de-gato" means "Soul-of-the-cat". The name may be related to the cat-like way this bird moves around. The "Soul-of-the-cat" is quite common in the region, and seems to be well adapted to secondary growth caatinga habitat. Sometimes, it even appears close to my house.To top of page
Figure 3. I saw a group of three Squirrel Cuckoos (Piaya cayana) while recording, and at least 2 of them are vocalizing here (Q1, Q2). I could hear these calls during a long time (maybe 10-15 minutes), again and again, while the group was moving around my hide and the closeby waterhole. The call must have some social meaning, it is certainly not an alarm signal, nor is fighting involved.To top of page