Bronze cuckoo

Subject: Bronze cuckoo
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2002 19:32:13 +1100
Hi Anthony

The bird you saw (presuming you mean Ingleburn in NSW) would be either SHINING 
Bronze-Cuckoo or HORSFIELD'S Bronze-Cuckoo.

The incomplete breast barring points to Horsfields.  Both have some barring 
under the tail, but it is more distinct in HB-C.  Little B-C also has the 
features you mention, but you are highly unlikely to see it south of about Port 

What FGuide are you using?  Most people on this list would probably recommend 
Pizzey & Knight, Slater & Slater, or maybe Simpson & Day.  Look in the archives 
for extensive debate about each of these and the other contenders.  
Unfortunately, many well-meaning booksellers still recommend Cayley's "What 
Bird is That" which now has historical interest only, as so many of the birds 
have different names (both scientific and common names) and there have been 
numerous "lumps" and "splits" of species and subspecies.

Nice work with the Mistletoebird - they are regular enough in the right 
habitat, but hard to pin down unless you are sure of the call. Ditto for many 
of our great woodland birds!


Russell Woodford

"Anthony Katon" <> on Sun, 3 Mar 2002 17:14:25 +1100 wrote:
> I also saw a bronze Cuckoo but not sure if it was a Rufous-tailed or an 
> immature Golden Bronze Cuckoo, it was rather dull in colour but I did not see 
> it in full sunlight. it had incomplete brown bars across the belly. I noticed 
> it had faint bars across the tail. My field guide does not mention either of 
> these birds having bars on the tail.
> Any ideas as to the identity of this bird.

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