Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Rain Crow)

By | June 26, 2009

Yellow-billed Cuckoo With Worm

Yellow-billed Cuckoo With Insect

I hear the Rain Crow often while I’m outdoors, but this bird has been very difficult for me to photograph. They mainly forage in dense shrubs and trees. The above photo is actually a young Rain Crow that was being fed by the mother.

Another Photo I took of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo: The Bird That Predicts Thunderstorms

These photos were taken at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

0 thoughts on “Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Rain Crow)

  1. Roger D. Malone

    Excellent photograph of the rain crow, I have never seen a picture of one before now.

  2. Bobbie & Bill of Cumming, Georgia

    G-R-E-A-T pictures of the Rain Crow. We hear them all the time while sitting on our deck. Bill said, “I just wish I could see a Rain Crow at least one time.” So, I googled rain crow, and your photoblog came up. Thanks for such detailed pictures. Wonderful work capturing the magnificant RAIN CROW. We now know what the Rain Crow looks like. Thanks, to you!

  3. LeeAnn

    I have been watching birds for a few years and never saw this bird in my backyard until yesterday. I was so elated. These pics are great. Thank you.

  4. Alice Permenter

    These are wonderful photos. Would you give permission for me to use the top photo in an article I have written on the need for native plants that support insects in our landscape? I mention the yellow billed cuckoo in the article. I am a Master Gardener and volunteer to write a monthly gardening column in a free publication.

  5. Mindy

    Just discovered a yellow-billed cuckoo nest in my live oak tree. I have heard “rain crows” all my life and most people think you are nuts when you say that you heard a rain crow. Never knew they were cuckoos then and certainly never saw one until today! I was watering out under the tree and I heard the call and looked up to see him/her just hanging out making the call, then I discovered why it was hanging around. So excited to see the nest and the cuckoo sitting on it!

  6. Steve Creek Post author

    Mindy, You are so lucky to have a nest. This is one of the most difficult birds for me to photograph.

  7. Kenneth Prillaman

    I live in Va. How far away can you generally hear this bird? Does he hoot in the winter and fall time?

  8. Tim Templeton

    The first time I heard a “rain crow” was near Waxahatchie, Texas about 1978. The elderly man whose house I was roofing, called it a rain crow, and claimed it would soon rain because it was calling. I have always been fascinated with them and have never been able to see one. It’s possible to confuse them with mockingbirds from a distance, I would think. They seem to stay well hidden in dense shrubbery, such as the thick elderberry bushes in my backyard here in Red River County, Texas. I hear them most in the hottest, driest weather. The rain prediction story is just a wishful legend.

  9. Miguel Trujillo

    Steve I got here doing some research in this bird, I was lucky to take 6 shots at one last August 30, right at 7:20 AM, in Ozark, Arkansas about six miles from Arkansas River. It’s this bird really that rare that so many people never seen one? I been doing Bird photography for less than a year and already have one so I guess I can say that is a bless.

    1. Steve Creek Post author

      They are not rare but very difficult to get a good photo of one. Great that you were able to make a photo of one.