birding-aus Flocking Channel-billed Cuckoos

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Subject: birding-aus Flocking Channel-billed Cuckoos
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 18:34:05 +1000

An incredulous report to me from a fellow birder, who had seen flocking
Channel-billed Cuckoos (CBCU), prompts this posting. The observation
occurred in Rockhampton, as did another, by a different observer, in late
January. The first time I saw it myself, I have to admit, I was so amazed
that I didn't report it, expecting no one to believe me. That was a couple
of years ago, and for a little while I wondered if I was going gaga. It was
in forested Beerwah, on the Sunshine Coast, Qld.

Now I ask: How many others have observed this behaviour? I have only seen
it after the breeding season myself. I have my thoughts, but would welcome
the opinion of others as to the motivation behind the behaviour. For
instance, do you think it involves only immatures, or only adults, or both?
I have not been close enough to distinguish myself.



Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Qld

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