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Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

A Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
Ashley Wahlberg (Tubbs) [CC BY-ND 2.0] via Flickr
A Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

Common folk-names for the yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) in the southern United States are rain crow and storm crow. These likely refer to the bird's habit of calling on hot days, possibly presaging rain.

Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene, which began its long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, have earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. Since retiring from SCETV, Rudy has gone on to teach at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.