from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old-world cuckoo of the subfamily Centropodinæ; a spur-heeled cuckoo.—2. A new-world cuckoo of the genus Geococcyx or subfamily Saurotherinæ.


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  • Thirty-five restricted-range bird species are found in this ecoregion and include two threatened species that are also endemic to this ecoregion: the Sumatran cochoa (Cochoa beccarii) and Sumatran ground-cuckoo (Carpococcyx viridis).

    Sumatran montane rain forests

  • (Psittinus incertus), the great helmeted hornbill (Buceroturus galeatus), the pheasant ground-cuckoo (Carpococcyx radiatus), the rose-crested bee-eater (Nyctiornis amicta), the great gaper

    The Malay Archipelago

  • It makes for a neat scenario: The curassow and the wood-quail and the ground-cuckoo disappeared from this small patch of forest—why?

    The Song of The Dodo

  • For downright strategy no creature inhabiting the desert surpasses the road-runner, sometimes called the ground-cuckoo or snake-killer.

    Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania

  • Strange birds hopped among the bushes; the chaparral cock -- a big, handsome ground-cuckoo of remarkable habits, much given to preying on small snakes and lizards -- ran over the ground with extraordinary rapidity.

    Hunting the Grisly and Other Sketches

  • In the East, several of the small black cuckoos closely resemble the aggressive drongo-shrikes of the same country, and the small metallic cuckoos are like glossy starlings; while a large ground-cuckoo of Borneo (Carpococcyx radiatus) resembles one of the fine pheasants (Euplocamus) of the same country, both in form and in its rich metallic colours.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • The endangered birds include the black-hooded antwren, the cherry-throated tanager, the fringe-backed fire-eye and the southeastern rufous-vented ground-cuckoo.

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