382. Conurus carolinensis (Linn.).—CAROLINA PAROQUET.
Mouth of Platte river (Coues, Birth of Northwest); not now reaching the state, "Formerly abundant, even in eastern Nebraska, now rare, if found in the state" (Taylor); "Regularly to Ohio, Illinois, and southern Nebraska" (Goss).
The cuckoos are among the few birds that habitually feed upon hairy caterpillars, such as the various "tent-making" species. They also destroy large numbers of other caterpillars, and do not object to beetles and other insects which they find among the foliage of trees. Although shy birds they are frequently seen in cities, where they do their share in protecting the trees from the ravages of insect pests.
387. Coccyzus americanus (Linn.).—YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO.
Omaha, Blair, West Point, Lincoln—breeds (L. Bruner); "More frequently seen in Nebraska than the last one (erythropthalmus)" (Aughey); "Summer resident, arrives in May and leaves in September" (Taylor); "West to eastern Mexico and edge of Great Plains" (Goss); Beatrice—nesting (A. S. Pearse); Omaha—breeding (L. Skow); Peru, common—breeds (G. A. Coleman); Cherry county—breeds (J. M. Bates); Gage county—breeds (F. A. Colby); "common summer resident, arrives May 1 to 10" (I. S. Trostler).
388. Coccyzus erythrophthalmus (Wils.). — BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO.
West Point, Lincoln, Omaha—breeds (L. Bruner); "only occasionally met in this state" (Aughey); "Summer resident, somewhat rare, arrives in May and leaves in September" (Taylor); "West to the Rocky mountains" (Goss); Omaha—nesting (L Skow); " summer resident, not so common as the preceding"(I. S. Trostler).
390. Ceryle alcyon (Linn.).—BELTED KINGFISHER.
West Point, Lyons, Norfolk, Omaha, Lincoln, South Bend, etc.—breeds (L. Bruner); "Frequently seen in Nebraska" (Aughey); "A very common summer resident" (Taylor); "The whole of North America" (Goss); Beatrice, De Witt (A. S. Pearse); Omaha—breeding (L. Skow); Peru, common—breeds (G. A. Coleman); Cherry county—breeds (J. M. Bates); Gage county (F. A. Colby); "summer resident, quite common, sometimes seen in midwinter" (I. S. Trostler).
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