Sun, 03 Mar 2002 19:32:13 +1100
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!
"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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