The darker the color, the more favorable the climate conditions are for survival. The outlined areas represent approximate current range for each season. More on reading these maps.
Within its limited U.S. range, the Mangrove Cuckoo is restricted—not surprisingly, given its name—to coastal mangrove woodlands. South of the border, though, the bird tolerates a wide variety of woodland habitats. Audubon's climate model forecasts a potential expansion of the amount of suitable climate space in our area, while also projecting a complete loss of the almost imperceptible current summer range in Florida and the Bahamas. At the same time, other climate change models suggest that rising sea levels will threaten mangrove forests in the U.S. Whether the Mangrove Cuckoo adapts to, and perhaps flourishes in, an altered climate is difficult to project. It is unclear whether mangrove trees will be able to migrate with climate change, and whether the trees are even all that important to the cuckoo’s future.