Meaning of yellow-billed cuckoo in English:

yellow-billed cuckoo

noun

  • A cuckoo, Coccyzus americanus, with brown upperparts, white underparts, and a yellow bill with black markings on the upper mandible, which breeds in North American and Mexico and migrates to South America in the winter.

    Also called cow bird and rain crow.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Alexander Wilson (1766–1813), ornithologist and poet.